COVID-19 July 26 Update

To our valued Sandy Pines Members and Community. We wanted to provide an update to our RAVE Alerts that were sent late yesterday afternoon (Saturday 7/25). We were notified that a member of our staff tested positive for COVID-19.  Upon this notification, Sandy Pines contacted Allegan County Health Department.  As an immediate response to protect the health and safety of our workforce and our Sandy Pines and Lake Monterey community, we notified all employees and took preventative actions such as, employees in close contact/same department be tested. We are also taking the following steps (as applicable):

  • Closing the Administration Office, Sales Office and Public Safety Office
  • Cancelling all appointments at those offices until further notice
  • Instituting remote workforce immediately until further notice
  • Sanitizing all impacted offices with an outside cleaning company specifically focused on COVID-19
  • Providing testing assistance and locations for any employee(s) wishing to be tested

What does this mean for service to the membership?  Administration Staff will be working remotely, checking voicemails and emails. We will provide the best assistance we can while we are working remote.  This will be similar to how we functioned in April and May of this year prior to allowing access and opening the park.  We will have limited staff at the PSO Office. They will be kept separate from each other with support in the office answering phones and emails while another is outside the office patrolling the park.

Based on the above actions we will be working with the Allegan County Health Department on next steps to keep our staff membership, associates and guests safe. We will provide updates once we have them.

Please continue to visit our website at  For answers not found online, please contact our Member Service Office at 616-896-8315 x-100 or Public Safety Office at  at 616.896.9006.  I’m also available to help with any questions you may have by email or phone. We will get through this by working together.  Thank you for your grace, patience and understanding as we work together in the best interests of Sandy Pines.

God bless and stay safe!

Park President Signature
Jeff Sweitzer
Park President
Sandy Pines Recreational Community


  1. Robyn on July 26, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Thanks for the update and keeping us in the loop. Praying for you and the admin/board and PSO as you continue to navigate thru all these hurdles. Your doing a great job and we appreciate all you do.

  2. Hoffmeyer on July 26, 2020 at 11:25 am

    How/where do we pick up absentee ballots?

    • Sydney Ritz on July 27, 2020 at 3:05 pm

      Absentee Ballots are available at the Member Service building by appointment only. Once the office opens back up, the ballots will be available again.

  3. Tom Visser on July 26, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Thanks! For the update and steps being taken for the safety of staff and guests!

  4. Shelly on July 26, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Appreciate the information, any information on when the Infected worker was in the buildings last and which buildings. Trying to determine if we were exposed.

  5. Milt Bliss on July 26, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Thank you for the quick response and explanation. The staff do a great job and wish a full recovery to the infected employees.

  6. Linda Watson on July 26, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Hope everyone is feeling well soon!

  7. Nelson Lemon on July 26, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Is tonight’s chapel concert cancelled?

  8. Shirley Reeb on July 26, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for keeping us informed! Be well.

  9. Doug and Crystal Sharp on July 26, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    Praying for staff during these unexpected times.

  10. Bob howlett on July 26, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    How do we get absent T ballots?

  11. Denise Hauch K241 on July 26, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    Hoping that anyone will recover quickly who test positive I will keep all in my prayers and a huge thank you to all staff and Ranger members who have done such an amazing job keeping us safe and informed and able to Enjoy a place that we all love so much thank you again

  12. JuleeG on July 26, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Will you contact members that may have been exposed?

  13. Mark Bellgowan on July 26, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Great job on the response, I work at a food plant, our offices have been closed for the same reason . We all were tested and our offices running remotely actually have proven more efficient. Good job again and my prayers are with you , keep healthy and most of all positive.

  14. Anita & Lee Kosaski on July 26, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Hope all stay well.
    I too need an absentee ballot. KEith Administration and PSO closed, Can we request it to be mailed to our home. We live in Warren and are not getting to Sandy Pines often this year with Covid 19

    • Sydney Ritz on July 27, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      As soon Member Service opens back up, you can call the office, and they will help you with getting an Absentee Ballot. Their number is (616) 896-8315.

  15. Gail Winger on July 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Which office or area had the case and will you be contacting those who had appointments and contact exposure for contact tracing?


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