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Community Update 5-29

DAILY NUMBERS

The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports 2 new positive COVID-19 cases which brings the total number to 25 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 16 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County residents. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard

The 2 new positive cases include a man in his 20s and a man in his 40s. Both men were asymptomatic and had general community exposure. The GTCHD is currently conducting case investigations to determine possible community exposure and trace contacts to the cases. GTCHD will release more information when it is available.    

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 56,014 positive cases and 5,372 deaths of COVID-19. 33,168 have recovered in Michigan. 

FREE COMMUNITY TESTING THIS WEEKEND

The GTCHD, Michigan National Guard and Michigan State Police are coordinating to offer free COVID-19 testing for any Michigan resident interested in being tested. The testing will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm at Turtle Creek Stadium, home of the Traverse City Pit Spitters, located 6 miles south of Traverse City off of U.S. 31. Test results are expected within 3-4 days. 

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY FOR SOME BEACHES

The GTCHD issued a NO BODY CONTACT ADVISORY for the following areas due to a sewage spill during yesterday’s storm. This advisory will remain in effect until daily tests show it is safe to resume contact. Please avoid contact with the water in these areas until further notice:

  • The Boardman River from the pedestrian bridge to the mouth at West Grand Traverse Bay
  • Private beachfront property east of Boardman River to Bryant Park
  • Clinch Park Beach
  • Sunset Beach
  • Bryant Park Beach
  • Traverse City Senior Center.

Health experts also remind everyone to stay out of storm water and to assume it is contaminated. It is recommended that if residents need to work in the storm water, that they are current on their tetanus immunization due to possible contact with unknown debris. For updates please check the GTCHD public beach monitoring page.  

STAY SAFE TO STAY OPEN
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.

STAY SAFER AT HOME

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Please visit gtcountycovid19.com 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.

ABOUT THE JOC

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.