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Community Update 5-27


The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports the total number of COVID-19 cases remains at 23 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 16 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. Consistent with pandemic epidemiologic reporting, the two will be counted as positive cases in their home county and state. The Grand Traverse County Health Department conducted a local 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. There was no community exposure from the 2 visitors in Grand Traverse County.

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 55,104 positive cases and 5,266 deaths of COVID-19. 33,168 have recovered in Michigan


On Thursday, May 28, 2020, Traverse Connect will host a Virtual Town Hall: Northern Michigan Business & Healthcare from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. As Northern Michigan reopens, it is critical that businesses make sure they are working to keep staff and customers safe. The webinar will feature a panel discussion about the steps businesses should be taking to ensure they are protecting our community and their workers as the region reopens. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session. The free webinar is hosted by Traverse Connect in partnership with the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan, Munson Healthcare, the Grand Traverse County Health Department, and the Northwest Michigan and Benzie-Leelanau Health Departments.

Panelists will include:

  • Wendy Hirschenberger, Grand Traverse County Health Officer
  • Lisa Peacock, Northwest Michigan and Benzie-Leelanau District Health Officer 
  • Matt Wille, President and CEO of Munson Medical Center 

To participate, register in advance at:

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is sharing the following information regarding Legionella infection risk and building reopenings:

As Michiganders begin to return to work, building owners and operators must be prepared to ensure that their water systems are safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases caused by waterborne pathogens. To help avoid an increase in Legionnaires’ disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their online Guidance for Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation. The guidance outlines the steps to take before and during reopening a building to help keep Michiganders safe.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is substantially expanding COVID-19 testing prioritization criteria. Newly-eligible groups include:

  • Asymptomatic patients in preparation for surgical procedures, as deemed necessary by the treating clinician
  • Asymptomatic people with known exposure to a person with COVID-19, or symptoms of COVID-19
  • Asymptomatic people who work in a profession that puts them at high risk of exposure
  • Testing to increase rates per million per day in communities facing inequity in access (i.e., areas with higher proportion of racial/ethnic minorities, rural communities).

Questions? Call the state’s COVID-19 HOTLINE: 1-888-535-6136 (Available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through MDHHS).

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.