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Community Update 6-08

DAILY NUMBERS AND COMMUNITY TESTING

The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports 32 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 17 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County residents. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard

Three new cases were reported over the weekend in Grand Traverse County residents:

  • Female in her 90s likely exposed in southern Michigan, asymptomatic and has not had any community contact in northern Michigan
  • Male in his 20s with symptoms, acquired through community transmission and has not had any community contact since the likely exposure
  • Male in his 30s who was asymptomatic, but had contact with a known positive case. At this time there are no known community exposures to report for this case.

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 provided by the testing facility. 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. 

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 58,870 positive cases and 5,656 deaths of COVID-19. 42,041 have recovered in Michigan.  

NEW TOOLKITS FOR BUSINESSES

The Grand Traverse County Health Department has released reopening toolkits for Short-Term Rentals and Campgrounds. All reopening toolkits are available on the Health Department website.

GOVERNOR EXPANDS REOPENING FOR NORTHERN MICHIGAN JUNE 10

On June 10, our region will move to phase 5 of the MI Safe Start Plan. 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. 

Workplaces are subject to the safeguards outlined in Executive Order 2020-114.

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.