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Dear Students,

We are determined, mighty and strong. We are also kind, compassionate, patient and understanding. That is what makes us Olivetians. That is what is helping us win our fight against COVID-19. Be proud of a job well done!

Let’s keep it up … and let’s all roll up our sleeves!

Summer may be upon us, but the work of the OC CARES pandemic response team continues. Please continue to watch for emails and social media posts for updates to policies and procedures that will impact all of us through the summer and into the fall semester.

This week’s OC CARES communication covers the following:

  1. Where Michigan Stands
  2. Why Be Vaccinated
  3. Vacc to Normal
  4. Vaccine Resources
Where Michigan Stands

According to the New York Times, between May 4 and May 17, Michigan had 33,084 active cases of COVID-19, with a seven day average of 1,989 new cases. The following counties continue to have the largest number of active cases; however, in the last two weeks, the number of positive cases in each county has decreased dramatically.

  1. Wayne
  2. Oakland
  3. Kent
  4. Macomb
  5. Genesee
  6. Muskegon
  7. Kalamazoo
  8. Saginaw
  9. St. Clair
  10. Ingham

Below are the Michigan counties with the highest percentage of their population fully vaccinated. Don’t see your county listed? Help move your county to the top by making your vaccination plan and encouraging your friends and family to do the same!

  1. Leelanau
  2. Emmet
  3. Mackinac
  4. Chippewa
  5. Ontonagon
  6. Benzie
  7. Charlevoix
  8. Grand Traverse
  9. Marquette
  10. Washtenaw
Why Be Vaccinated?

We hope that you will continue to research and ask questions about why it is important for young adults to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Check out the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) video below to hear just a few reasons why Michigan’s young adults are choosing to be vaccinated.

Vaccine Resources
  • Check your local health department or hospital website to find out their process or for registration forms. On the left side of the page above the map of Michigan, select your county or the City of Detroit. Next, on the right side of the page, click on the link under “COVID-19 Vaccine Information.”
  • Meijer is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations for walk-in or by appointment, making it even more convenient for you to receive a shot.
  • Check additional vaccination sites, such as local pharmacies like Rite Aid, Kroger, Walmart (Mid/Central and Northern MI) or Snyder Drugs (U.P. residents).
  • Olivet Pharmacy offers the Moderna (2 shot) vaccine. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to schedule an appointment with the pharmacy for the free vaccination by calling 269-280-5005.
  • Residents who don’t have access to the internet or who need assistance navigating the vaccine scheduling process can call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 (press 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vacc to Normal

As of May 18, 56.5% of Michiganders age 16 and older have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine!

Check out the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Vacc to Normal Milestone Tracker to see who, when and where Michigan’s residents are being vaccinated. In addition, the Vacc to Normal plan is using four vaccination-based milestones that impact all of us. If we all roll up our sleeve, we’ll be Vacc to normal before you know it!

55% of Michiganders (4,453,304 residents), plus two weeks — WE DID IT!

  • Allows in-person work for all sectors of business.

60% of Michiganders (4,858,150 residents), plus two weeks

  • Increases indoor capacity at sports stadiums to 25%.
  • Increases indoor capacity at conference centers/banquet halls/funeral homes to 25%.
  • Increases capacity at exercise facilities and gyms to 50%.
  • Lifts the curfew on restaurants and bars.

65% of Michiganders (5,262,996 residents), plus two weeks

  • Lifts all indoor % capacity limits, requiring only social distancing between parties.
  • Further relaxes limits on residential social gatherings.

70% of Michiganders (5,667,842 residents), plus two weeks

  • MDHHS will no longer employ broad mitigation measures unless unanticipated circumstances arise, such as the spread of vaccine-resistant variants.

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“Real leadership comes from the quiet nudging of an inner voice. It comes from realizing that the time has come to move beyond waiting and doing.”Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

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