Despite the ongoing vaccination effort, new daily cases of COVID-19 are rising again. Ottawa County has the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Grand Rapids area.

There have been a total of 189 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in the County. So far, there have been a total of 46,060 infections in Ottawa County. Not only does Ottawa County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Grand Rapids area, it also has more deaths attributable to the virus.

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Based on these numbers and growing concerns over Grand Rapids increasing infections, Spectrum Health announced it’s bringing back some visitor restrictions to their hospitals and outpatient sites.

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Starting today, patients are allowed only one adult visitor in inpatient rooms, emergency departments, urgent care, walk-in clinics, surgery, radiology and lab locations. These restrictions include labor and delivery areas.

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Adult COVID-19 patients are allowed only one adult visitor. That visitor must be the same person throughout their stay.

Chad Tuttle, senior vice president, hospital and post-acute operations, Spectrum Health West Michigan said,

"Spectrum Health is happy to welcome visitors who want to be with their loved ones. Like hospitals across West Michigan, Spectrum Health is experiencing high demand for our services and our hospitals are very full. While our teams focus on care, visitors can help their loved ones feel more comfortable during their stay and keep everyone healthy and safe by following our updated visitor guidelines.”

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