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Community Update 5-13

DAILY NUMBERS The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports no new cases today. Totals remain at 21 cumulative positive cases, 6 cumulative probable cases, 14 recoveries and 5 deaths from COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County residents. These numbers and additional county statistics are updated on the County dashboard. Full case investigations and contact tracing were Read More…

Community Update 5-07

DAILY NUMBERS The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports no new cases today, 20 cumulative positive cases, 6 cumulative probable cases, and 5 deaths from COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County residents. Thirteen of the positive cases have recovered with 30 days having passed since the onset of their symptoms. These numbers and additional county statistics Read More…

Actions for Caregivers of Older Adults During COVID-19

To slow the spread of COVID-19, it is now necessary to further tighten protocols governing inhome caregivers for older adults. The aim of this guidance is to prevent direct care workers from becoming sources of disease transmission among the vulnerable individuals they serve. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) strongly urges in-home Read More…

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority resources

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority offers a variety of resources that are available to the public. Crisis services 24/7, including the mobile FAST Team — 833-295-0616 New! COVID-19 Warm Help Line for stress or depression, during business hours — 800-492-5742 myStrength online health and wellness resources free with the access code NLCMHcommunity, at myStrength.com — many stress management and mindfulness tools, hope Read More…

Michigan expands COVID-19 testing criteria to anyone with symptoms and launches testing site locator

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced last Monday it is expanding testing criteria for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) to include individuals with mild symptoms, and has published a COVID-19 test site finder at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus to help Michiganders locate a testing site near them. “Expanded testing is needed to learn more about how COVID-19 is spreading in Read More…

Community Update 4/08

As of 10 A.M. today, the Grand Traverse County Health Department reports 15 total confirmed COVID-19 cases, which includes 5 who have recovered and 3 deaths. There have been 249 county residents tested and, of those, 195 tests have come back negative.  Yesterday, following public health case investigations, the Grand Traverse Health Department reported an Read More…

Request a Delivery, Meal, or Friendly Reassurance

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) wants to help individuals that qualify, get the food and support they need during this time. AAA has created this form to submit requests, which will then be directed to the appropriate regional agency or volunteer that will then contact the individual in need.

Seniors can get meals safely in Michigan during COVID-19 outbreak

State wants to increase public awareness of meals program Michigan recently received additional federal dollars to help provide meals to older adults as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, and wants to make seniors aware of food delivery programs. These programs – available to Michigan residents over age 60 – provide meals through home Read More…

Michigan 2-1-1

Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Need support in a family crisis or community disaster? We’re here for you. Any time. All the time. Just call, text, or search online and we’ll get you connected. Learn more Read More…

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Q&A

COVID-19: What it is and how it spreads. What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? COVID-19 is caused by a new respiratory virus. In December 2019, the virus began circulating in humans. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia.  What Read More…

First COVID-19 case in Grand Traverse County

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting a positive case of COVID-19 from the novel coronavirus in a Grand Traverse County resident. The individual, an adult male, in his twenties has a history of international travel is recovering at his home. The Health Department is working with him to identify and contact anyone potentially Read More…

Ways to stay safe

If you are mild to moderately sick, health officials at the Health Department and Munson ask that you please stay home and take care of yourself.  For conditions that can be classified as more severe and would require a healthcare visit, please follow this process: Again, IF you are moderately to mildly sick – just Read More…

Supporting Older Adults During the COVID-19 Situation

Older adults are identified as one of the most at-risk populations for the COVID-19 virus. As leaders in the aging network, our agencies are committed to supporting older adults and their caregivers and recognize the added stress of our current times on homebound older adults. Until further notice, the following services will be available in Read More…

October 17

Testing Events Cancelled

The Grand Traverse County Health Department and Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department were notified today that…
October 16

Community Update 10/16

NEW EMERGENCY ORDERS AND RULES ISSUED On Friday, October 9th, the Michigan Department of Health…