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Community Update 4/08

As of 10 A.M. today, the Grand Traverse County Health Department reports 15 total confirmed COVID-19 cases, which includes 5 who have recovered and 3 deaths. There have been 249 county residents tested and, of those, 195 tests have come back negative. 

Yesterday, following public health case investigations, the Grand Traverse Health Department reported an increase in the potential for community exposure. As cases in the community continue to increase, the public should assume there is potential for community exposure and limit activity according to the Governor’s Executive Order No. 2020-21. It is essential that residents continue to practice social distancing and remain home as much as possible. Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives. Everyone is counting on everyone else to do their part.

As a reminder, the health department also wants to make the public aware of a possible community exposure site connected to one of the recent cases. If you visited the Holiday Station Store (gas station and convenience mart), 2600 S. Airport Road, Traverse City, 49684 and went inside the store during the below dates and times, you should self-monitor for signs of COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, dry cough) for 14 days after exposure. 

DateTimeSelf-Monitor Until
March 26, 202010:45 am – 8 pmApril 9, 2020
March 27, 202010:45 am – 8 pmApril 10, 2020
March 28, 202010:45 am – 8 pmApril 11, 2020
March 29, 202010:45 am – 8 pmApril 12, 2020

If you are experiencing symptoms or suspect that you may have contracted the virus, self-quarantine and call your healthcare provider, the Munson Healthcare COVID-19 hotline number 231-935-0951 (press 5 to access the option 7 days a week from 7 am – 7 pm), or the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

County residents over the age of 60 in need of assistance can request meals, home delivery, and pickup services through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) by filling out this form or by calling the northern Michigan Area Agency on Aging ten-county service center at 231-947-8920. Family members who live far away from aging parents/relatives within Michigan may also request a checkup, delivery, meal or friendly reassurance through these services.

To date, Michigan has reported 18,970 cases of COVID-19, with 845 deaths. Numbers are updated daily at 3 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. 

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

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


BASIC PREVENTION MEASURES:

The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, 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.
  • Replace handshakes with a friendly wave from 6 feet away.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.

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