Grand Valley State University stay-safe order set to expire

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Grand Valley State University's stay-safe order, issued Oct. 2, 2020, is set to expire Oct. 16 at 11:59 p.m. (WWMT/File)

The stay-safe order issued Oct. 2, 2020, at Grand Valley State University was set to expire 11:59 p.m. Oct. 16.

Ottawa County health officials said they would allow the order to expire after seeing continual improvement in efforts by university administrators to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Ottawa County Department of Public Health Officer Lisa Stefanovsky said in a letter to Grand Valley State University staff and student body that in a four-week period, the university went from accounting for 77% of all Ottawa County COVID-19 cases to just 4% as of the week ending Oct. 10.

"This significant drop could only be realized through respect for and adherence to the public health orders and strict environmental prevention measures that GVSU and the off-campus housing community put in place to protect residents, workers and students," Stefanovsky said.

Before the stay-safe order was enacted, a stay-at-home order had been implemented starting Sept. 17 and ending Oct. 1.

Stefanovsky thanked the university leadership and students for embracing the challenge of slowing COVID-19's spread and encouraged them to continue following guidelines to prevent another outbreak.