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Community Update 4-11

Grand Traverse County has had 17 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, with 270 county residents tested, 226 negative results and 27 tests pending. There have been three deaths and five people have completed isolation and are symptom-free. There is one new case since yesterday of a male in his 70s with a history of international travel who is recuperating at home.

Recognizing that many people will want to engage in holiday celebrations or church services this weekend, the public is encouraged to attend services virtually and visit with family and friends only at a safe distance, keeping those visits to phone calls or online. Contact with people outside of your household puts you at an increased risk of getting and spreading the virus.
Officials recommend each household should limit who leaves the house and that people only leave home for urgent or essential needs such as groceries or medical supplies.

As a reminder, Governor Whitmer extended the Stay Home, Stay Safe order through April 30 to limit the spread of COVID-19. In addition to social distancing and safety guidelines, the order also:

  • Imposes restrictions on how many people can be in stores at one time
  • Prohibits vacation rentals, except to healthcare workers and first responders
  • Prohibits people from traveling between two residences after today, April 10.  

Munson Healthcare is reporting COVID-19 testing results on its website for each of its hospitals throughout northern Michigan in the region.  Michigan reported 22,783 cases with 1,281 reported deaths as of this morning. This is the lowest daily increase of cases in a week and may indicate a downward trend as a result of social distancing measures. Total numbers of deaths are expected to increase for the next week.   

As PPE (personal protective equipment) supplies are low, usage of N95 masks should be prioritized for front line, healthcare workers and first responders. Aligning with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, the general public is advised to wear homemade face masks or face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

For the most current, factual information, visit Grand Traverse County’s official website gtcountycovid19.com and Facebook page or sign up to receive the daily update by email. 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 Joint Operations Center (JOC) members.

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.