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Community Update 5-25


The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports the total number of COVID-19 cases remains at 23 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 14 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County residents. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard

Two out-of-state visitors tested positive over the holiday weekend but will not be counted as positive cases in Grand Traverse County because they are not residents. The Grand Traverse County Health Department conducted a case investigation and contact tracing and as a result, 6 individuals in Grand Traverse County are self-quarantining and will be monitored for the next 14 days.

Regionally, Munson Healthcare is reporting COVID-19 testing results on its website for each of its hospitals. Numbers listed are by hospital, not county of residence.

Michigan has reported 54,365 positive cases and 5,223 deaths of COVID-19. 33,168 have recovered in Michigan


Grand Traverse County and City leaders reported that the first weekend of partial reopening under the MI Safe Start Executive Order 2020-96 was successful and with very few notable incidents or violations. Businesses that have reopened are observing state guidelines and the majority of customers are respectfully taking safety measures when visiting retailers, restaurants, and bars. Area businesses are balancing the challenges of protecting the health and safety of their employees, their business and the public. 

Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to Stay Safe to Stay Open. This includes the following measures while in public:

  • Staying 6 feet apart 
  • Wearing masks
  • Limiting social gatherings to 10 people 
  • Continuing basic prevention measures like frequent hand washing
  • Following workplace safety protocols.

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.


Governor Whitmer extended the previous Stay Home order, set to expire on May 28, to June 12. 


Please visit for important resources including health and safety information for individuals and businesses. 

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.


Grand Traverse County’s Joint Operations Center has been meeting 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.