SCHEDULE YOUR VACCINATION IMMEDIATELY – NO WAIT TIME!
This week, the GTCHD finished scheduling link emails to all those waiting in the queue for a vaccine. Moving forward, those interested in getting a vaccine appointment at NMC’s Hagerty Center will be able to fill out the
survey and immediately schedule an appointment. If the offered dates and times do not work with your schedule, you are encouraged to check back in the future for additional appointments. Additionally, many of
the future clinics will welcome walk-ins also. If you are in the area, stop in and get vaccinated.
ANYONE 16 AND OLDER is now available to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit:
https://gtcountycovid19.com/vaccine/ to fill out the scheduling survey and make an appointment. The Pfizer vaccine has demonstrated 91.3% efficacy 6 months after vaccination day. AND it has demonstrated efficacy against the B1.351 (first identified in South Africa) variant. MDHHS reports that the
B.117 (first identified in Britain) variant also has little to no impact on vaccine acquired immunity.
THE GTCHD HITS THE ROAD WITH SATELLITE CLINICS
While Northwest Michigan College’s Hagerty Center continues to serve as the primary vaccination clinic site in Grand Traverse County, our team is working hard to bring the vaccine out into the community. On Friday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 22, the GTCHD held our first satellite clinics in Fife Lake and Green Lake Townships. At both locations, 146 COVID-19 vaccines were administered. The GTCHD has also begun vaccinating at area high schools. This week, we visited, Buckley, Kingsley, and TC West High School,
administering 161 total vaccinations.
Upcoming clinics include:
TC Central Monday, April 26
TC Christian Wednesday, May 5
GT Academy Wednesday, May 5
TC High Friday, May 7
The clinics are available to students 16 years of age and older and
additional staff members. No appointments are necessary. Parental
or guardian approval is required. Parents should watch for an email
message or direct communication from their child’s school for
specifics regarding each school clinic.
VACCINATION NUMBERS IN GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY
Overall Grand Traverse County and the Traverse City region continue to do very well overall with vaccination of everyone eligible (anyone 16+). Our current total cumulative coverage is 58.2% for initial dose and 43.4%
for completed doses. Vaccination coverage rates for GT County residents by age group based on the MDHHS COVID 19 Vaccination Coverage Dashboard.
*percentages include all providers, including Munson, local pharmacies and providers
DOSES ADMINISTERED AT GTCHD VACCINE CLINICS AS OF 4/16/21: 38,202 Total
CURRENT NUMBERS AND TRENDS
In Grand Traverse County, cases continue to remain high in the county and region but have dropped in the
past 10 days. As of April 23, the 7-day average of new cases was at 32 per day, down from 48 last week.
The 7-day average for percent positivity dropped from 14.9% to 13.3% this week. Both metrics are heading in the right direction. To see direct data, visit our dashboard.
Some local trends of note currently are:
● Currently, there are 1268 active COVID-19 cases in the county, the highest ever
● This past week we had 4 deaths- female in 20s, female in 80s, male in 70s, male in 80s bringing the
total cumulative deaths for GT County to 80
● The 0-39 age group accounts for 2/3s of all cases; 83% of the cases in the last month have been in
those less than 50 years of age; this shift reflects the success of vaccination in the 50+ groups;
● 33% of cases in April are linked to travel or social gatherings
● 92% of the cases were symptomatic; Cases have often reported mild symptoms and continuing to
work, socialize or go to school before getting tested.
● Multiple variants have been detected in Grand Traverse County and the Traverse City region at an
increasing rate. A new variant, B1.429 (California) was detected in 4 testing samples in addition to the
previous B.117 variant of Grand Traverse County residents.
● Due to increasing cases and a growing number of variant cases in Michigan effective April 5th, 2021
a standard 14-day quarantine for all close contacts of COVID-19 cases has been reinstated.
● If you have cold-like, allergy-like, or sinus-like symptoms, please get tested.
CASE NUMBERS AND STATISTICS
CASES as of
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 – Friday. It is now even more important that EVERYONE continue to do what works to slow the spread of the virus by wearing their masks properly, socially distancing, avoiding crowds, washing their hands often, and making a plan to get the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine you can. We all have a personal responsibility to slow
the spread of COVID-19 and end this pandemic. To find the latest statistics regarding COVID-19 vaccinations across the state, you can visit the MDHHS
CONTACT TRACERS RELAUNCH SURVEY TOOL
With the surge of cases over the last seven weeks, the GTCHD has opted to reimplement the PEG (Patient Education Genius) electronic survey tool in order to conduct case investigations with individuals that receive
positive COVID-19 test results. The survey had previously been utilized in December of 2020. Patient Education Genius (PEG), collects information from individuals who test positive for COVID-19 through a digital survey sent via text message or e-mail. The survey only asks for information that is
allowable under the Public Health Code and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Privacy Act, such as demographics, symptoms, occupation, attendance at public events or gatherings, and people
with whom they may have been in close contact. The survey does not gather any private information like social security numbers, personal passwords, or banking details. Individuals aged 20-65 years will receive an electronic message asking them to fill out this confidential
survey. Individuals under age 20 and older than 65 will continue to receive a phone call from the health department to complete case investigations. We will continue to prioritize case investigations and encourage
anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 to self-isolate and notify anyone who may have been in close contact with you.
TESTING AT CHERRY CAPITAL AIRPORT
Voluntary, free, rapid (antigen) COVID-19 testing is now available at Cherry Capital Airport for incoming travelers. The testing group will require proof of passenger travel on the day of testing (boarding pass or
itinerary schedule). There is an approximate 30-minute timeline from registration to result. The registration and collection process takes 15 minutes, with results being emailed/texted to patients approximately 15
minutes after sample collection. Below is their initial schedule, subject to change as flights activities shift heading into summer:
Sunday – 3:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 2:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Friday – 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
GTCHD TESTING AT CHERRYLAND MALL
Rapid antigen testing is 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 high 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 IN GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY:
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 our even outside when you are unable to maintain social
★ 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.
Media Contact: Emmy Schumacher, email@example.com, 231-493-8376