UPDATE: January 19, 2021

We have nine positive COVID residents throughout our facilities. Breton campus has zero positive COVID residents and the Raybrook campus has nine positive residents on DeVos I. 

The Kent County risk level continues to be an “E” level and the positivity rate is a bit down from last week at 7.6% (KCHD).  On the Michigan Safe Start map, Kent County is still listed as an “E” level.  With the lower positivity rate the COVID testing of Nursing staff goes from twice a week to once.




The COVID vaccine administration is well underway at Holland Home.  As a benchmark for how we are doing, it appears that nationally, approximately 40-50% of staff in skilled nursing facilities are choosing to receive the vaccine while 80-90% of residents are choosing to receive it.

Our first “on campus” vaccine clinic, provided by Walgreens, was held at Raybrook on January 7 for Skilled Nursing. We had 55% of our skilled nursing staff participate in this first clinic and approximately 93% of our residents. Their second dose will be administered on February 4. A third clinic is scheduled for March 4 for those who received their first dose on February 4. Raybrook assisted living and independent living residents and staff are scheduled for today, and we anticipate 600 vaccines to be given. Their second dose will be administered on February 16. Vaccines will also be available on the 16th for those who were not able to get the first dose on January 19 and the final clinic is scheduled for March 16.

The Breton campus had their first vaccine clinic on January 13 for skilled nursing and assisted living residents and staff.  Approximately 91% of residents received the vaccine and 38% of staff. Some of the staff are per diem and work elsewhere, so they received the vaccine at their other place of employment, but we don’t have that information yet (so the 38% is probably closer to 47%).  The second dose will be administered on February 10, and the third clinic will be held on March 10.  For independent living residents and staff, the clinic is scheduled for January 29 and we anticipate 400 vaccines to be given on that day. Their second dose will be administered on February 26. Vaccines will also be available on the 26th for those who were not able to get the first dose on January 29 and the final clinic is scheduled for March 26.

It has been a pleasure working with Walgreens.  They have done an excellent job and the process leading up to the COVID Vaccine Clinics and the administration of the doses by Walgreens has gone very well. We are pleased that all our Raybrook and Breton residents and employees will have been offered or received the vaccine.

The vaccine is voluntary. Vaccinated people can transmit the disease so wearing a mask and social distancing will remain.

We have registered CLS Corporate with the Kent County Health Department for our Corporate employees to receive the COVID vaccine. We understand that employees will receive an appointment to go to the health department to receive their vaccine.

More information to come.

Our home and community-based services- Atrio Home Health, Atrio Help at Home, Faith Hospice and services through Reliance Community Care partners are working directly with the Kent and Ottawa County Health Departments for vaccinations for our employees. Many have already received their first dose of the vaccine.


Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

  • The vaccine is voluntary
  • The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain the virus.  Instead, it works by instructing the body’s cells to make a harmless piece that looks like the spike protein found on the virus.  The body realizes that the protein shouldn’t be there, so it builds antibodies that will remember how to the fight the virus if the body ever does get infected.
  • The vaccine does not give anyone COVID.
  • The vaccine does not change anyone’s DNA, or genetic make-up.
  • The vaccine is 95% effective
  • The vaccine does have side effects such as headache, muscle pain, fever.  These are short-lived, lasting about 24-48 hours.
  • The vaccine is given in two doses about 3-4 weeks apart.  Both doses must be given to confer immunity.
  • Currently it is not known how long the vaccine protects against the virus.
  • People who have had COVID should still get the vaccine
  • People will still need to wear masks after having the vaccine
  • The FDA did not skip any steps in approving the vaccine.  All the necessary steps to ensure safety were followed.

Contact Information

For questions related to Independent Living or any additional questions, please call or email:

Sara Heethuis, Executive Director / 616-643-2501


Tim Myers, Executive Director / 616-235-5702

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We continue to meet the requirements of MDHHS, MIOSHA, Kent County Health Department (KCHD) and CMS.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Guidelines

The MDHHS has provided useful graphics outlining the recent epidemic orders.
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Holland Home is taking precautionary measures, following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) which have released guidelines for long term care providers, employers and businesses to contain the spread of the virus. Holland Home’s number one priority is the health and safety of our residents, employees and community.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website,, continues to be the most reliable and trustworthy source for the latest COVID-19 information. As the updates and changes are happening frequently we suggest you check it regularly. 

Our team of infection control preventionists are monitoring the recommendations from the CDC and the Michigan and Kent County Health Departments on a regular basis.