The Grand Traverse County Health Department continues to report 19 positive cases, 6 probable cases, and 5 deaths from COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County residents. These numbers and additional county statistics are available on a new Grand Traverse County Health Department dashboard linked here. Probable cases are individuals that have been directly linked epidemiologically to a confirmed case and have had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but were not tested. The six probable cases are household contacts of confirmed cases who then developed symptoms. Full case investigations and contact tracing were completed on all confirmed and probable cases.
Regionally, Munson Healthcare is reporting COVID-19 testing results on its website for each of its hospitals throughout northern Michigan. Numbers are listed by the hospital that provided service and not broken out by county of residence. Michigan has reported 39,262 positive cases and 3,567 deaths of COVID-19. 8,342 Michiganders have recovered. Numbers are updated daily.
Stay Home, Stay Safe, Save Lives remains the most important message for residents throughout Northwest Michigan. It is important that people continue to stay home as much as possible, avoid all non-essential travel, and practice social distancing when they must go out. On April 24, Governor Whitmer extended the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order through May 15. The order outlines the following key points:
- Everyone is to wear a cloth non-medical grade mask while in an enclosed public space
- Companies are to provide masks for employees who are working
- Recommending people wear a cloth, non-medical grade mask while outside in a public space
- Residents are allowed but strongly discouraged not to travel between primary and secondary residences. If doing so, practice social distancing and avoid entering local places of business during the visit.
Though there is no criminal sanction for individuals not using face coverings, these guidelines are expressed as safe precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of the community. Governor Whitmer and health experts continue to stress the importance of social distancing and good hygiene to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to wearing masks.
TRUSTED INFORMATION SOURCES
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. Please direct your neighbors to these information resources for the most current, factual information:
- Grand Traverse County: For Grand Traverse County COVID-19 updates, visit the official gtcountycovid19.com website and Facebook page. Residents can also call the hotline at 231-642-3548, view daily updates on Cable Access Channels 189 and 191, or sign up to receive daily updates via email. 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).
- Munson Healthcare: COVID-19 testing results are reported daily for each Munson Healthcare hospital in northern Michigan.
- Statewide: Michigan.gov/Coronavirus
- National: CDC.gov/Coronavirus
- Additional data, as well as interactive maps, regarding the impacts of COVID-19 around the world (including Michigan and Grand Traverse County) can be found at the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
ABOUT THE JOC
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 like COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold 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.
- Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.
- Replace handshakes with a friendly wave from 6 feet away.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has assembled a FAQ on protecting yourself from COVID-19. 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 am – 5 pm.