Ottawa County issues 'Stay in Place' order for all GVSU students in Allendale Township

Order begins Thursday, lasts 14 days
GVSU Allendale
Posted at 12:50 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 18:58:23-04

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — Students living on and near Grand Valley State University's Allendale campus are being ordered to stay in place for two weeks as more than 600 cases of coronavirus have been tied to the school.

The Ottawa County Department of Public Health issued the order Wednesday afternoon. Students must remain in their dorm, apartment, or house for 14 days starting September 17 at midnight. The order is scheduled to be lifted at the end of October 1.

GVSU said today the health department issued the order "in cooperation" with the university.

Watch GVSU's news conference on the order

Since August 23, more than 600 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the student population. Most of those are off-campus students, and health officials say large gathering exposed a number of people to the virus.

Students will be allowed to attend in-person classes, get food, receive medical attention, attend religious events, participate in athletic practices, and go to work. Clinical rotations, student teachers and other off-campus activities will require approval by a dean.