HUDSONVILLE, MI – On Thursday, October 22nd, 2020, the Ottawa County Department of Public Health (OCDPH) issued a final cease-and-desist order to Libertas Christian School in Hudsonville where there is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, and the school refuses to mask or engage in social distancing.
The OCDPH made numerous attempts over the last several weeks trying to partner with the school and contain the spread of the virus. However, by their willful failure to provide information about the people who may have been exposed to COVID-19—and not requiring students and staff to adhere to the health and safety mandates issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, including quarantining—the OCDPH had a legal obligation to pursue further action.
“We endeavor to work with all schools and businesses to help provide education about COVID-19 and ask for them to partner with us by following the proven public health methods to slow the spread of disease,” said OCDPH Administrative Health Officer Lisa Stefanovsky. “In addition to our diligent disease investigation process, we had numerous fearful individuals reach out to us concerned about health and safety in an environment that was not working to protect them. We hear those voices and take seriously our duty to protect our community.”
The OCDPH is not able to provide any further details, at this time, due to pending litigations. Public health officials will continue to work with the Ottawa County Corporate Counsel in the litigation matters to develop solutions that will protect the health and safety of all members of the community.
More information about Ottawa County’s COVID-19 response at www.miOttawa.org/coronavirus.