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Community Update 6-05

DAILY NUMBERS AND COMMUNITY TESTING

The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports 28 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 17 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County residents. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard

The new positive case is a woman in her 40s who was asymptomatic. The GTCHD confirmed the case Wednesday night and believe the disease was acquired through community transmission. This case was not part of last weekend’s community testing.  

The GTCHD is still actively working with the state to get results from the drive through community testing May 30 and 31 at Turtle Creek Stadium, home of the Traverse City Pit Spitters. 835 people, mostly from the Grand Traverse region participated. The GTCHD will report test results when the information is available. The fastest way for individuals tested at this event to get results is through the patient portal at bioreference.com/patient-portal.  Start by selecting TEST RESULTS then CREATE AN ACCOUNT. 

Another round of community testing is being offered to Michigan residents this weekend in Petoskey. The event is Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Odawa Casino parking lot. This event is being coordinated with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Michigan National Guard and Michigan State Police.   

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 58,241 positive cases and 5,595 deaths of COVID-19. 38,099 have recovered in Michigan.  

TIPS ON STAYING SAFE AT LARGE PUBLIC GATHERINGS

For those who want to participate in the planned peaceful protest Saturday at the open space in Traverse City, health experts recommend the following guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay outdoors
  • Wear a mask 
  • Use hand sanitizer 
  • Avoid close contact with strangers 
  • Keep 6 feet away from anyone not wearing a mask
  • Do not share supplies with strangers
  • Bring a sign instead of yelling
  • Consider wearing protective goggles or a face shield 

GOVERNOR EXPANDS REOPENING FOR NORTHERN MICHIGAN JUNE 10

Today Governor Whitmer announced she is moving our region into phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan June 10. Phase 5 allows the reopening of salons, movie theaters, and gyms, subject to safety protocols and procedures designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19. On June 15, personal services including hair, massages, and nails will reopen statewide.  

Under Phase 5, indoor social gatherings and organized events of up to 50 people are permissible. Outdoor social gatherings and organized events are also allowed if people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the gathering consists of no more than 250 people. In addition, outdoor performance and sporting venues will be open with a larger capacity limit of 500. 

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. 

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.