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Community Update 5-06


The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports 0 new cases today, 20 cumulative positive cases, 6 cumulative probable cases, and 5 deaths from COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County residents. Thirteen of the positive cases have recovered with 30 days having passed since the onset of their symptoms. These numbers and additional county statistics are updated on the County dashboard. 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. Please keep in mind that each hospital serves multiple counties so numbers are higher for Munson Hospitals than for individual counties. 

Michigan has reported 44,397 positive cases and 4,179 deaths of COVID-19. A total of 15,659 people have recovered. Numbers are updated daily at 3 pm.   


Emergencies Shouldn’t Stay Home. Don’t Risk It. Call 9-1-1. Heart attacks, stroke, and other emergencies don’t stop during crises like COVID-19. Don’t ignore the warning signs – Call 9-1-1 and get immediate medical attention for what could be a life-threatening emergency

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.

Reminder to seasonal and returning residents: the Grand Traverse County Health Department and Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance are recommending a 14-day self-quarantine to limit the chances you might spread the virus unknowingly. Returning residents are encouraged to use store delivery services upon arrival to the area.


The Grand Traverse County Health Department has released the following toolkits providing guidance for businesses bringing employees back to work. It is important to remember that the virus has not gone away, and basic preventative steps still need to be followed.

Reopen Toolkit (Business, Accounting, Administrative, Legal, Finance, Realtors)
Construction Industry Toolkit

Michigan COVID-19 Business Response Center Resources (Business Leaders for Michigan)

Traverse Connect and Venture North created a Regional Resiliency Fund to provide grants up to $5,000 to small businesses in Benzie, Grand Traverse, and Leelanau counties. Thanks to a generous donation of $200,000 from the Consumers Energy Foundation, the Regional Resiliency Fund will have an immediate impact. Additional donations are being collected to support plans to grow the fund and meet small business needs in other neighboring counties. The grant application and contribution form can be found on the Traverse Connect website at


Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. Please direct your neighbors to these information resources for the most current, factual 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.    


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.