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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 holiday surge. To see direct data, visit our dashboard

Some local trends of note currently are: 

  • 67% of the cases in the last month have been in those less than 50 years of age (19% 0-19 years of  age, 18% in their 20’s, 15% in their 30s, and 15% in their 40s); this shift reflects the success of  vaccination the 50+ groups 
  • 60% of the cases had close contact with a known household, social or work contact
  • People are socializing in groups and traveling more 
  • People are ignoring mild symptoms and continuing to work, socialize or go to school before getting tested. If you have cold-like, allergy-like, or sinus-like symptoms, please get tested. 

We urge everyone to remain vigilant and continue to practice mask-wearing, social distancing, keeping gatherings small, handwashing, and avoiding travel if you are sick. If you choose to travel, the Health  Department recommends you get tested for COVID-19 upon returning. Rapid antigen testing is available at the Cherryland Center Mall on Mondays and Tuesdays. Further information regarding testing, including additional testing sites, is available in the report. 

COMMUNITY TESTING EVENT POST SPRING BREAK AT T.C. CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce the opportunity for any member of the community to access no-cost drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Monday, April 5, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00  p.m. at Traverse City Central High School (1150 Milliken Dr.). The testing site entrance will be located in the parking lot area near the school’s main gymnasium, which is located off of Eastern Ave. 

The tests conducted will be rapid antigen tests. Rapid antigen test results will be returned within 30 minutes. Anyone who tests positive on the rapid antigen test or who has symptoms will then be provided a PCR test to confirm the results. PCR test results will take approximately 3 days to process. Additional information and instructions will be provided at the testing site. 

 

To register, please visit http://honumg.info/TraverseHS. Click here for instructions to sign-up using a QR  code. Registered individuals and families may visit the testing clinic at any time between 12:00 p.m. and 7:00  p.m. Those who do not pre-register will still be able to register at the site. However, individuals who have pre-registered will be able to immediately enter the line to be tested. You will be asked to provide your email and/or phone number in order to receive test results through a testing portal. 

SAVE YOUR SPOT 

On Monday, March 22, all interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine in Grand Traverse County are able to fill out the ‘Save Your Spot’ survey to get in the appointment queue. 

Visit: www.gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine to fill out the survey. Based on the information collected and eligibility an email will be sent with a scheduling link when appointments become available.

All vaccine clinics are currently held at Northwestern Michigan College’s Hagerty Center and are based on vaccine availability. Vaccine clinics are by appointment only. There are no walk-ins or add-ons at the clinics. 

The health department will continue to work with senior organizations locally to vaccinate this high-risk population in addition to the newly prioritized groups. GTCHD continues to partner with United Way, Area  Agency on Aging, the Senior Center, PACE, and the Commission on Aging to assure those vulnerable seniors and those without internet access are able to get vaccinated. Call 231-715-5557 if you need technical assistance. 

WALKTHROUGH THE VACCINE CLINIC AT NMC’S HAGERTY CENTER 

The average visit to the Grand Traverse County Health Department’s mass vaccination clinic at NMC’s  Hagerty Center for a COVID-19 vaccine is under 25 minutes. That includes a mandatory 15-minute observation period after receiving your shot. 

If you have an upcoming appointment, take a look at the process in under two minutes and know what to expect. 

VACCINATION ELIGIBILITY 

Starting April 5th – ANYONE 16 OR OLDER…. SAVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! 

The most updated prioritization guide from MDHHS can be found here.

VACCINATION NUMBERS IN GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY 

Officials are reporting the following vaccination coverage rates for GT County residents based off the  MDHHS COVID 19 Vaccination Coverage Dashboard: 

PERCENTAGE COVERED of GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY RESIDENTS 

DOSES (as of 3/26/21)16-49 Years50-64 Years65-74 YEARS 75 + YEARS16+ Years
Initiated 24.0% 45.3% 79.6% 87.1% 44.4%
Completed 15.8% 21.4% 67.1% 75.9% 31.7%
*percentages include all providers, including Munson, local pharmacies and providers

GTCHD is reporting the following vaccine totals: 

DOSES ADMINISTERED AT GTCHD VACCINE CLINICS AS OF 3/26/21: 27,736

DOSE WEEK OF MARCH 22-26CUMULATIVE (through 3/26/21)
Initiated 1463 16,462
Completed 1462 11,274

To find the latest statistics regarding COVID-19 vaccinations across the state, you can visit the MDHHS vaccine dashboard

CASE NUMBERS AND STATISTICS 

CASES  SINCE  3/19/21DEATHS  SINCE 3/19/21CUMULATIVE CASESPERCENT  POSITIVITY (7-DAY AVERAGE)CASES PER  MILLION (7-DAY AVERAGE)COUNTY RISK  LEVEL
226 4694 8.5% ↑ 250 ↑ E
*arrows reflect an increase or decrease from the previous report 

Additional statistics are available on the MI Safe Start Map and on the Health Department’s dashboard and  Facebook page, which updates new case information daily at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

GTCHD TESTING AT CHERRYLAND MALL UPDATE 

Rapid antigen testing is now available at the Grand Traverse County Health Department’s Cherryland Center testing site. Testing is free of charge and will be completed regardless of symptoms. Testing is Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only. To book an appointment, follow this link.

 

Due to the rising number of cases in the county, the Grand Traverse County Health Department is asking anyone who is told that they tested positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate at home until the health department is able to reach you. Additionally, any and all household contacts or close contacts should quarantine until the case investigation and contact tracing occurs.

COVID-19 Testing

Grand Traverse County testing sites include:
Munson Healthcare Foster Family Community Health Center (priority 1 & 2 only)
Northwest Michigan Health Services (testing all by appointment)
Rite Aid at Chums Corner (testing all by appointment)
Walgreens at Chums Corner (testing all by appointment)
GTCHD Testing at Cherryland Mall (testing by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays)
See Michigan’s COVID-19 test finder for more options

Testing sites have capacity and tests are available. Individuals seeking tests can call:

  • Their healthcare provider
  • The Munson Healthcare Covid-19 hotline: 231-935-0951
  • The Michigan COVID-19 hotline: 888-535-6136

Stay Safe to Stay Open

Residents, businesses, and visitors are encouraged to Stay Safe to Stay Open. This includes the following measures while in public:

  • Staying 6 feet apart from others
  • Wearing masks while indoors or even outside when you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • Limiting large social gatherings – not hosting or attending large gatherings
  • Continuing basic prevention measures like frequent hand washing
  • Following workplace safety protocols
  • Daily monitoring of yourself for symptoms including your temperature (even if you feel fine)
  • Staying home if symptomatic – even if it is just very mild symptoms
  • If others in your household have tested positive or are symptomatic, stay away and take extra precautions to not become infected.

About the JOC

Grand Traverse County’s Joint Operations Center has been meeting to coordinate efforts and communication on the COVID-19 pandemic since Friday, March 13, 2020. Members include key community partners from health, government, first responders, education, social service, and business sectors.