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Community Update 6-03

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

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 Grand Traverse County Health Department, 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. The majority (94%) of those being tested were from the Grand Traverse Region, with 77% of those tested residing in Grand Traverse County and another 17% from neighboring counties. The testing site administered 1.2 tests per minute during the 2 day testing event. This was part of a statewide testing initiative with multiple other sites throughout the state and will be offered in Petoskey this coming weekend. 

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 the weekend 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 COVID-19 by identifying positive cases and preventing community exposure to individuals unknowingly spreading the virus. 

CHERRY CAPITAL AIRPORT RELEASES “WE’RE READY, WHEN YOU’RE READY” AIRPORT SAFETY VIDEO

Today, Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) released a video about the COVID-19 safety precautions the airport is taking called “We’re Ready, When You’re Ready.” It highlights some of the key features the airport has put into place in response to COVID-19, including installing cough shields at gate check-in desks, incorporating touchless technology, requiring employee health screenings, and ensuring frequent sanitation of the airport facility. The video can be viewed at: vimeo.com/424900136/3bcae16ae2.

TCAPS SHARES RESOURCES WITH SAFE HARBOR TO SUPPORT AREA HOMELESS 

The objective of the Joint Operations Center (JOC) is to build a community of agencies and partners who share information, coordinate resources and problem-solve together to respond to COVID-19. This week, the coordination efforts under the JOC led to Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) lending currently unused tables to Safe Harbor for use at the day shelter that has been opened to safely continue to serve individuals in the area who are experiencing homelessness. It is through connections and collaborations like these that JOC member organizations are working together on behalf of Grand Traverse County residents.    

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 large social gatherings
  • 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.

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.