The Allegan County Health Department has reported that four more people in the county have died in the past week as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Health Department Monday announced 168 total deaths since the pandemic began, up from 164 a week before. The testing positivity rate for the disease stands at a shade below 12%.
Wayland Union Schools Superintendent Dr. Christina Hinds Monday night in a school board work session that Wayland Schools has the highest number of Covid cases in the county and vaccination rates are low.
Though the daily average of new cases over seven days was estimated at just 2.3 in late June, it had increased to 39.6 as of Friday, Sept. 24.
A total of 516 cases has been reported in the county over the past two weeks, up from 495 a week ago. There now have been 292 hospitalizations from Covid in Allegan County since the pandemic began. The number of tests is 14,646 and 11,855 people have been characterized as recovered.
The Allegan County Health Department Aug. 18 issued a directive for all public schools in the county to mandate children in grades K-6 to wear masks in the classrooms because they are not eligible for vaccinations. Parents from every school district in the county have been lodging protests, persisting as late as Monday evening.
Though the County Board of Commissioners voted to ask the Health Department to rescind its mask order, the county attorney has indicated it has no authority in the issue. State Rep. Steve Johnson has called for the resignation of the health officer.
The neighboring Barry-Eaton District Health Department last week implemented a mask order that applies to all students in school districts in its coverage area.
In Allegan County, the mask order applies to students in grades K-6 and it issued a recommendation to have all students mask up as well. The Wayland Board of Education voted not to follow the recommendation.