MDHHS ANNOUNCES ‘MI VACC TO NORMAL’ PLAN
On Thursday, April 29, Governor Whitmer along with the Michigan Department of Health and
Human Services (MDHHS) presented the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan which focuses on phased
reopening based on vaccination rates. As the state continues to push toward its goal of
vaccinating at least 70% of residents ages 16 years or older. To facilitate this goal, MDHHS will
base future epidemic order actions on four vaccination-based milestones that, once achieved,
will enable Michigan to take a step toward normalcy.
UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION AT NMC’S HAGERTY CENTER VACCINATION CLINIC
UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION AT NMC’S HAGERTY CENTER VACCINATION CLINIC
The Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) is alerting those coming to
Northwestern Michigan College’s (NMC) Hagerty Center for a COVID-19 vaccination of
construction plans that will affect entry and exit to the building.
Starting on May 3, 2021, construction will begin at the main entrance of NMC’s Hagerty Center,
extending south toward E. Front St and inhibiting the circle drive and walkway into the building.
Those arriving for their COVID-19 vaccinations are encouraged to park immediately west and
east of the building and use the walkway alongside the Grand Traverse Bay that leads to the
waterfront courtyard. The new entrance into the building is only accessible by following those
paths. The construction is expected to last the duration of the clinic.
JOHNSON AND JOHNSON PAUSE LIFTED; WALK-INS FOR J&J WELCOME
Following the recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and MDHHS, the GTCHD resumed the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 years or older.
Walk-ins are welcomed at the following locations for the week of May 3 – 7:
Monday, May 3 at NMC’s Hagerty Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, May 4 at NMC’s Hagerty Center from 2 – 6 p.m.
Friday, May 7 at Fife Lake Twp. Office (134 Morgan St. Fife Lake) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
*No appointments or preregistration necessary.
HOMEBOUND VACCINE HOTLINE GOES LIVE
The GTCHD continues to partner with local agencies to ensure all that want a COVID-19
vaccine, receive a vaccine, including those that are unable to physically make it to a clinic or
office setting. If you or someone you know is in need of a home visit to receive a COVID-19
vaccine, please call 231-995-6084. You will have an opportunity to leave a message and
someone will get back to you.
VACCINATION NUMBERS IN GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY
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 61.2%
for the initial dose and 49% for completed doses. Vaccination coverage rates for GT County
residents by age group based on the MDHHS COVID 19 Vaccination Coverage Dashboard.
DOSES ADMINISTERED AT GTCHD VACCINE CLINICS AS OF 4/30/21: 39786 Doses
CURRENT NUMBERS AND TRENDS
In Grand Traverse County, cases continue to remain moderately high in the county and region
but have dropped in the past 14 days. As of April 30, the 7-day average of new cases was at 23
per day, down from 32 last week. The 7-day average for percent positivity dropped from 13.3%
to 10.4% this week. Both metrics are heading in the right direction. To see direct data, visit our
Some local trends of note currently are:
● Currently, there are 1148 active COVID-19 cases in the county; 4786 recovered
● This past week we had 2 deaths – a female in her 40s and a male in his 50s, bringing the
total cumulative deaths for GT County to 82
● The 0-39 age group accounts for 58%of all cases in April; 89% 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;
● 91% 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
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 vaccine dashboard.
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 GTCHD’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 thecounty, the GTCHD 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
If you are traveling and require testing to fly, you need to research what the destination
site requires for testing.
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
Media Contact: Emmy Schumacher, email@example.com, 231-493-8376