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Community Update 7/06


The Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) reports 16 new positive cases from the weekend (Friday-Monday) bringing the total to 65 positive cases,  29 recoveries, and 5 deaths, leaving 31 active cases in Grand Traverse County residents. Case investigation and contact tracing is underway for new cases. In the past week alone, 23 new cases have been identified and Sunday marked the highest number of new cases (7) reported in one day. The current trend in cases shows more cases have been identified in individuals in their 20s and 30s. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard

Community exposures have been identified at the following locations:

  • YMCA West (Silver Lake Rd location): 6/30 12-1 pm; 7/1 12-1 pm and 3:15-4:30 pm (refer to YMCA member email) *See update below
  • The GYM Traverse City: 6/29 daily through 7/3 between 12-4 pm (refer to The GYM member email)
  • Dillinger’s Pub: 6/28 from 11-8 pm
  • Bootlegger’s Bar: 6/28 from 11-8 pm
  • Union Street Station: 6/28 from 11-8 pm
  • Brady’s Bar: 6/26 (time unknown)
  • Cherry Capital Airport: 6/24, Allegiant flight #998, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Florida to Traverse City, arrival at 10:15 am

**Anyone who was present at the above locations, dates, and times is asked to self-monitor for 14 days from the exposure date for symptoms daily. If you develop symptoms or seek testing, quarantine until test results come back. 

Update dates/times below for the YMCA exposures:

  • Monday, June 29 8 – 9 a.m. Wellness floor: General
  • Tuesday, June 30  11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Wellness floor: Free weight area
  • Wednesday, July 1 1:00 p.m. – 3:00p.m. Wellness floor: Free weight area
  • Thursday, July 2 12- 1 p.m. Studio B only

Other businesses and contacts have been notified directly if there was potential for staff interaction exposure. With so many active cases in our community, the public should assume potential risk for COVID-19 exposure when going into any business and should always be wearing masks and social distancing to reduce the spread in Grand Traverse County.

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 65,876 positive cases and 5,972 deaths of COVID-19. 52,841 have recovered in Michigan as of 7/3/20.  


Grand Traverse County testing sites include:

Testing sites have capacity and tests are available. Individuals seeking tests can call:

  • Their healthcare provider
  • The Munson Healthcare Covid-19 hotline: 231-935-0951
  • The Michigan COVID-19 hotline: 888-535-6136 


Cherry Capital Airport reported two recent community exposures on July 1 from positive travelers into and out of the airport. Residents and visitors are asked to avoid traveling if they are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you feel sick before your planned travel, please stay home, except to get medical care. If you are sick, please take these steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


In an effort to help more businesses and communities “stay safe to stay open”, a new library of graphics, social media templates, and other communication tools are being made available on the Traverse Connect website


The Grand Traverse County Health Department’s reopening toolkits are available on the Health Department website.


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 website. 


Please visit for important resources including health and safety information for individuals and businesses. 


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.