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Community Update 3-24

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting that two additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Grand Traverse County residents. The first case is a male in his fifties with a history of domestic travel. The second case is a female in her sixties, also with a history of domestic travel. These cases are unrelated and both are recuperating at their own homes. The County Health Department is working to identify and contact anyone potentially exposed and will maintain regular contact with each individual while they remain in home isolation. 81 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County, 3 tests have come back positive and 51 tests have come back as negative as of March 24, 2020.


For the most up-to-the-minute, factual information, visit Grand Traverse County’s official website gtcountycovid19.com and Facebook page. All critical health updates come from our community’s experts at the Grand Traverse County Health Department and Munson Healthcare and are immediately posted throughout the day along with other updates from Joint Operations Center (JOC) members. Residents are encouraged to direct their neighbors to these trusted information resources. The JOC is also sharing updates with traditional media for people who do not have access to digital information.

Please note, anyone who does not have a physician or insurance can call the Munson COVID-19 hotline number 231-935-0951, press 5 to access the option 7 days a week from 7 am – 7 pm if they are symptomatic and seeking testing. Testing is based upon criteria set by the state health department.

Yesterday, Governor Whitmer issued the “Stay Home. Stay Safe” Executive Order No. 2020-21 which went into effect at midnight and is effective for the next three weeks. A summary of her Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order can be found here. The State of Michigan is also updating a Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer specific questions related to the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. This Executive Order is intended to help save lives. Stay at home, except for critical work and needs. People of all ages need to follow this and all executive orders to stay home as much as possible and avoid any non-essential travel in the community. Wash your hands often, don’t touch your face, stay at least six feet away from others if you must go out, and stay home if you are sick.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services assembled an FAQ on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself. If you suspect that you may have contracted the virus, call your healthcare provider or the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

To date, Michigan has reported 1,328 cases of COVID-19, with 15 deaths. Numbers are updated daily at 2 pm. Many have recovered from COVID-19. Recovery numbers are difficult to determine because they lag behind real-time and don’t include unreported mild cases. 

The Grand Traverse County Joint Operations Center meets daily to coordinate efforts and communication on the COVID-19 pandemic. Members include key community partners from health, government, first responder, education, social service, and business sectors.


 
BASIC PREVENTION MEASURES

The best prevention for viruses like COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.
  • Replace handshakes with a friendly wave from 6 feet away.


Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at gtchd.org, at
Michigan.gov/Coronavirus, and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.