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Community Update 4-06

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives remains the most important message for residents throughout Northwest Michigan, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. It is important people stay home as much as possible, avoid all non-essential travel and practice social distancing when they must go out. The Grand Traverse County Health Department is Read More…

Community Update 4-05

COVID-19 remains an ongoing threat to our community as the number of cases statewide grew to 14,225, up 1,481 from the day prior. In Grand Traverse County to date, the Health Department has reported a total of 12 positive cases, with three deaths and three people recovered. The recovered individuals have been released from home Read More…

Community Update 4-04

As of this morning the Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting one additional death and one new confirmed positive case of COVID-19 today. To date, there have been 12 total confirmed cases in the county and 3 deaths. The deceased was a woman in her 80s with a history of domestic travel. The new Read More…

Community Update 4-03

As of this morning, Grand Traverse County has 11 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. 205 people have been tested who live in Grand Traverse County. 145 cases have come back negative. The two new cases since yesterday include a man in his 50s with a history of domestic travel and a man in his 80s Read More…

Community Update 4-02

The Grand Traverse County Health Department has confirmed one additional positive case of COVID-19 in a Grand Traverse County resident. The individual has a history of domestic travel and the Grand Traverse County Health Department is currently conducting its case investigation. Grand Traverse County now stands at 9 positive cases as of 10:00 a.m. on Read More…

Grand Traverse County reports second COVID-19 death in less than 24 hours

The Grand Traverse County Health Department has received notice that it has lost a second community member to COVID-19. The news comes less than 24 hours after announcing the county’s first COVID-19 death. The individual was a female in her 70s who was being hospitalized at Munson Medical Center. “We are saddened to wake up Read More…

Grand Traverse County reports first COVID-19 death

The Grand Traverse County Health Department received notice of the first COVID-19 related death of a Grand Traverse County resident this evening. The individual was a male in his 60s who was hospitalized at Munson Medical Center. “Although we anticipated we would eventually have to make this announcement, it doesn’t make it any easier. Our Read More…

Community Update 4-01

Today is US Census Day! To participate, start here: https://2020census.gov/ The Grand Traverse County Health Department has confirmed one additional positive case of COVID-19 in a Grand Traverse County resident. The individual has a history of domestic travel but there is no concern of exposure to others during travel. Grand Traverse County now stands at 8 Read More…

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY FOR TRAVELERS HEADING NORTH

The Grand Traverse County Health Department, in collaboration with the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance (NMPHA), issues the following advisory to protect the health of the public in the 31- county NMPHA region: Northern Michigan Counties are seeing an influx of individuals who are seeking shelter from areas with significant COVID-19 community spread or returning Read More…

Community Update 3-31

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives remains the most important message for residents throughout Northwest Michigan, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Everyone should stay home, avoid all non-essential travel, and practice social distancing when they must go out. The Grand Traverse County Health Department is also requesting all residents and visitors coming Read More…

Essential businesses guidelines and toolkit

The Grand Traverse County Health Department has developed a toolkit for local businesses and organizations who are considered essential services. The toolkit, linked on our website, provides suggested guidelines for employers, a flowchart for potential COVID-19 exposure, and cleaning guidelines for facilities after a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 exposure (though many guidelines are relevant before Read More…

Community Update 3-30

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives remains the most important message for residents throughout Northwest Michigan, as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise. It is essential people stay home as much as possible, avoid all non-essential travel and practice social distancing when they must go out. The Grand Traverse County Health Department is Read More…

Grand Traverse County reports first case of community-acquired transmission

The Grand Traverse County Health Department announces two additional positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the countywide total to seven. Among the two latest cases, community acquired transmission was determined to be a factor in one case. The first case is a female in her 70s, with no history of travel outside of the region. After a Read More…

Community Update 3-29

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE, SAVE LIVES is the most important message for residents of all ages as Michigan’s COVID-19 case count continues to rise daily. It is essential that people stay home as much as possible, avoid all non-essential travel in the community and practice social distancing when they must go out.  To date, 143 Grand Read More…

Community Update 3-28

Staying home and social distancing continue to be the most important guidance as COVID-19 cases rise in northern Michigan. The Grand Traverse County Health Department has requested a 14 day self-quarantine for all residents and visitors coming to Grand Traverse County arriving from areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, including SE MI and any Read More…

ADVISORY MEMORANDUM ON IDENTIFICATION OF ESSENTIAL CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE WORKERS DURING COVID-19 RESPONSE

As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has Read More…

DNR Reduces Amenities at State Parks, Recreation Areas and Trails

To protect public health, violations of social distancing guidelines may result in misdemeanor fines, penalties LANSING, MICH. – To help carry out Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order and further protect public health and safety, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is closing many amenities offered in state parks and recreation areas, Read More…

AG Nessel Address Confusion Over Businesses Deemed ‘Critical’ During Stay Safe, Stay Home Order

LANSING, MICH. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel posted a video online today to address questions surrounding employment rights considering Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order. Click here to view the video. The Attorney General’s office added a new section to its website Thursday, Know Your Employment Rights, to provide Michigan residents with Read More…

Grand Traverse County positive COVID-19 cases reach five

There have been two additional positive COVID-19 cases of Grand Traverse County residents reported to the Grand Traverse County Health Department. The first case is a male, in his 60s with a history of international travel, who is currently hospitalized. His international travel was prior to being infectious. The second case is a male, in Read More…