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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…

Community Update 12/18

UPDATES FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT Vaccine This week, select hospitals and health departments across the state received their first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Grand Traverse County Health Department is following the priority phased approach endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Read More…

Community Update 12/11

UPDATES FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT Vaccine Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services shared a website about the COVID vaccine and released frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine. Michigan is expecting to receive vaccine by mid-December and distribute the vaccine according to a phased approach endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control Read More…

Grand Traverse County Health Department launches digital COVID-19 survey

Over the last five weeks, the cumulative COVID-19 case count in Grand Traverse County has risen from 786 to 2,183 as of December 8, 2020. With the large surge, the resources used both internally at the Grand Traverse County Health Department and externally through the state contact tracing resources to complete case investigations on positive Read More…

Community Update 12/4

UPDATES FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT New Quarantine Guidance On December 2, 2020, the CDC updated its procedure for quarantine. Based on new research and to help lessen the burden on our communities, quarantine periods MAY be shortened from 14 days to 10 days when there are NO SYMPTOMS of COVID-19. This will help in compliance Read More…

Grand Traverse County COVID Report, reporting changes and case data

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting 193 new cases and one death since November 25, 2020, bringing the total case count to 1796. Case investigation and contact tracing are in progress, and relevant information will be shared when it is available. Thursday, November 26th – 46 new cases and 1 COVID-19 associated deathFriday, Read More…

Grand Traverse County COVID Update November 23 – 25

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase rapidly across the United States, the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is at home with the people you live with. Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Please comply with the current Read More…

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is issuing an advisory to protect the health of the public in Grand Traverse County On November 15th, 2020, the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services signed Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 – Gatherings and Face Mask Order to contain the spread of COVID-19, as Read More…

Grand Traverse County Case Investigation Breakdown – November 23, 2020

For November 23rd, 2020, Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting 167 new confirmed cases. This total includes 80 cases from Saturday, the 21st, 49 cases from Sunday the 22nd, and 38 new confirmed cases for Monday, the 23rd. Case counts also include 725 recovered, 18 deaths, and a total of 788 active cases. There Read More…

Community Update 11/20

A MESSAGE FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT Since November 1, 2020, the Grand Traverse County Health Department has reported 578 cases of COVID-19, an average of 29 cases per day. The November surge accounts for over 42% of the cumulative case total since March of 2020. With the influx of cases we are asking those who Read More…

Widespread community transmission prompts prioritization for COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing

Rising case counts across Grand Traverse County and the state of Michigan indicate widespread community transmission of COVID-19, necessitating a change in strategy regarding containment of the virus. Case investigators at the Grand Traverse County Health Department will prioritize outreach tohigh-risk cases and settings going forward. “Over the past month, we have seen a rapid Read More…

Grand Traverse County COVID report, case data Nov. 16 – 17

For Wednesday, November 18, 2020, the Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting 44 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative case total to 1,286 with 627 recovered and 17 deaths, leaving 642 active cases. Through case investigations during the month of November, the Grand Traverse County Health Department identified 2,789 close contacts of COVID-19 Read More…

Grand Traverse County COVID report, public exposure site

For Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting 35 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the cumulative case total to 1,248 with 606 recovered and 17 deaths, leaving 625 active cases. Since the beginning of November, we have added 462 cases of COVID-19, averaging over 27 cases per day. We continue Read More…

Grand Traverse County COVID report, case data Nov. 13 – 15

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting 100 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths since Friday, November 13, 2020, bringing the cumulative case total to 1,216 with 597 recovered and 17 deaths, leaving 602 active cases. This is the first time since August 4, 2020 that the active cases in the community are Read More…