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Community Report 3/26

SPRING BREAK EDITION  Even with vaccinations being administered, cases continue to rise in the county and region. As of March  26th, the 7-day average of new cases was up to 32 per day. The numbers being reported to the Grand  Traverse County Health Department are reflective of last November’s case rates just prior to the Read More…

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths

In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020, for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide. Read More…

Community Report 3/19

COVID-19 VACCINE SCHEDULING UPDATE On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, Grand Traverse County Commissioners approved the use of COVID-19 response state funding to enhance scheduling software for those signing up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the county. It will add improved efficiency and security to the scheduling process. The software allows for anyone, whether they Read More…

Community Report 3/12

ONE YEAR LATER – A COMMUNITY ASSEMBLED On January 21, 2020, the United States reported its first case of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. By March 10, the first case in Michigan was reported and three days later, key community partners from health, government, first responders, education, social service, and business sectors Read More…

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PARTNERS WITH COMMUNITY GROUPS TO ADMINISTER FIRST ROUND OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE

Today, Grand Traverse County Health Department partnered with United Way of Northwest Michigan, Disability Network Northern Michigan, Community Mental Health, and others to administer some of the first Johnson & Johnson vaccines to those with barriers that may prevent them from attending other clinics. These individuals have many barriers such as visual, physical, hearing impairment, Read More…

Community Update 3/05

VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY EXPANDED TO ALL PHASE 1A & 1B IN GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY As of Thursday, March 4, 2021, Grand Traverse County opened up eligibility and is encouraging additional frontline essential workers in Phase 1B, Group C (as defined below) to register and schedule to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Frontline essential workers include: Food and Read More…

Grand Traverse County to further expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Effective immediately, the Grand Traverse County Health Department is now opening up eligibility and encouraging additional frontline essential workers in Phase 1B, Group C (as defined below) to register and schedule to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Additionally, and in conjunction with the State of Michigan, those age 50 and older with medical conditions and disabilities Read More…

Community Update 2/26

Updates From The Health Department SCHEDULING To place the Grand Traverse County Health Department in the best position to adapt to future changes in state guidelines and achieve their vaccination goals throughout the rest of the pandemic, we are working to implement many changes over the following weeks which will include an improved registration and Read More…

Community Update 2/19

Updates From The Health Department Vaccine Eligibility Michigan is currently vaccinating individuals who are: PHASE 1A: EMS, medical first responders, healthcare workers and residents in long-term care and congregate care facilities. PHASE 1B Group A and B only: Persons age 65 and older (over 19,000 people in Grand Traverse County) Some frontline essential workers including: Read More…

Community Update 2/12

Updates From The Health Department Vaccine Eligibility Michigan is currently vaccinating individuals who are: PHASE 1A: EMS, medical first responders, healthcare workers and residents in long-term care and congregate care facilities. PHASE 1B Group A and B only: Persons age 65 and older (over 19,000 people in Grand Traverse County) Some frontline essential workers including: Read More…

Community Update 2/05

UPDATES FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT Vaccine Michigan is currently vaccinating individuals who are: PHASE 1A: EMS, medical first responders, healthcare workers and residents in long-term care and congregate care facilities. PHASE 1B Group A and B only: Persons age 65 and older (over 19,000 people in Grand Traverse County) Some frontline essential workers including: Police Read More…

Community Update 1/29

UPDATES FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT Vaccine On Monday, January 18, 2021, in partnership with Northwestern Michigan College, the Grand Traverse County Health Department launched a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at NMC’s Hagerty Conference Center. Prior to this week, the GTCHD, was able to administer 3434 doses of vaccine. For the week of January 25-30, the Grand Read More…

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND UNITED WAY OF NORTHWEST MICHIGAN SEEKING VOLUNTEERS TO SUPPORT NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE’S HAGERTY CONFERENCE CENTER VACCINATION CLINIC

The Grand Traverse County Health Department and United Way of Northwest Michigan (UWNWMI) are pleased to partner to provide volunteers for the Vaccination Clinic at the Northwestern Michigan College’s Hagerty Conference Center located in Traverse City, Mich. UWNWMI will be recruiting volunteers through their Get Connected platform at: https://unitedwaynwmi.galaxydigital.com. “We are dedicated to our community Read More…

Letter from Grand Traverse County Health Department and County Administrator

Good afternoon, There is significant confusion surrounding the scheduling of COVID-19 vaccinations and we are requesting that local media and partners of Grand Traverse County disseminate the following message to your respective audiences. We had an estimated 23,000 people identified themselves as eligible for Phase 1B COVID-19 vaccination during the preparation period leading up to Read More…

Community Update1/15

UPDATES FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT Vaccine On Monday, January 11, 2021, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services gave the green light for all authorized providers tasked with administering the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the state to move forward into Phase 1B of the tiered vaccination plan. In preparation to expand into Read More…

Grand Traverse County expanding COVID-19 vaccination effort to off-site mass clinic

Grand Traverse County is partnering with Northwestern Michigan College to launch a vaccination clinic for COVID-19 beginning Monday, January 18 at NMC’s Hagerty Center through at least April. Vaccines will be given by appointment only and are currently available for individuals in Phase 1A and Phase 1B of the priority groups endorsed by Michigan Department Read More…

Community Update 1/08

UPDATES FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT Vaccine On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that those tasked with the responsibility to administer the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the state, MAY move forward into Phase 1B of the tiered vaccination plan. While we are excited to be granted Read More…

Grand Traverse County Health Department continuing to vaccinate Phase 1A; preparing for Phase 1B

The Grand Traverse County Health Department continues to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1A of the priority group endorsed by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, we have vaccinated individuals including GTCHD staff, EMS, Medical First Responders, and are currently vaccinating all Healthcare workers. As we Read More…