Health department sees spike in COVID-19 cases in Oceana, Newaygo counties.

May 21, 2020

A drive-through COVID-19 testing site in Shelby.

Health department sees spike in COVID-19 cases in Oceana, Newaygo counties.

Two counties in District Health Department #10’s jurisdiction — Oceana and Newaygo — are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to a press release issued by DHD #10.

“Many of these cases are due to families gathering, such as during Mother’s Day, where individuals unknowingly spread the virus to multiple family members. Another cause includes individuals that work in counties outside of DHD#10’s 10-county jurisdiction that caught the virus and unknowingly brought it home to their families, in some cases spreading it among three to four generations in a home. Also, more testing is being done in these areas by hospitals and the opening of the drive through testing clinic in Shelby by Northwest Michigan Health Services. DHD#10 is working closely with health and community officials in both counties to provide guidance and assistance to slow the spread.”

As of Wednesday May 20, DHD #10 reported 67 COVID-19 cases in Oceana County. There are 66 positive cases in Newaygo County and 29 in Mason County, according to DHD #10. Two deaths due to the virus have been reported in Oceana County.

There are 53,009 confirmed cases in Michigan and 5,060 confirmed deaths, according to DHD #10 data.

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