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Community Update 6-01

DAILY NUMBERS

The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports 27 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 17 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County residents. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard

Case investigations were completed by the Grand Traverse County Health Department of the 4 positive cases reported on Friday, May 29. The investigations found possible community exposure at the following sites:

  • Roy’s General Store, May 19, 5-7 p.m. 
  • Menards, May 24, 10-11 a.m. 
  • Blain’s Farm and Fleet, May 26, 4-5 p.m. 
  • Red Mesa Grill, May 26, 9-10 p.m. 
  • Family Fare, Chums Corner, May 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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 57,397 positive cases and 5,491 deaths of COVID-19. 38,099 have recovered in Michigan. 

COMMUNITY TESTING

The GTCHD, Michigan National Guard and Michigan State Police offered free COVID-19 testing for any Michigan resident interested in being tested this past weekend. 835 tests were administered and test results are expected within the next week. Information on numbers will be shared as available. This was part of a statewide initiative with multiple other sites throughout the state and may be offered in other communities in the future. 

With the administering of tests in these quantities, community members should prepare to see increases in positive cases from symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Any positive cases resulting from this weekend’s testing will go through case investigation and contact tracing by the local health department of the county of residence of the case. Overall, our community will benefit and slow the transmission of COVID19 by identifying positive cases and preventing community exposure to individuals unknowingly spreading the virus. 

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.

Businesses can download a Stay Safe to Stay Open printable poster and a social media image at the gtcountycovid19.com website 

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. 

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.