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Community Update 8/21


The Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) has reported 35 new positive cases since Friday, August 14, including 15 cases from today, August 21st. This brings the total to 245 total cases, 152 recoveries, and 5 deaths, leaving 88 active cases in Grand Traverse County. Case investigations and contact tracing are in progress, and information will be shared when it is available.
Approximately 15,870 tests have been administered to date with a 7 day average of 2.3% positivity rate. Grand Traverse County is listed at a medium-risk level on the MI Safe Start Map. Additional statistics are available on the Health Department’s Dashboard and Facebook page, which updates new case information daily at 4 pm.

From August 19th through August 20th Grand Traverse County Health Department completed 6 case investigations for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following is information known at this time:

  • All 6 cases are primary residents.
  • Ages:
    • 20-29 1
    • 40-49 1
    • 50-59 1
    • 70-79 3
  • Symptomatic: 5 Asymptomatic: 1
  • 0 are linked to travel either into or out of the area as reported during the case investigation
  • 1 is linked to large group gatherings or social events
  • 3 cases were known close contacts to other positive cases
  • Approximately 68 close contacts were identified, notified, and instructed to quarantine.

Case Investigations were also completed on 1 probable case (individuals who were close contacts of a positive COVID case who became symptomatic during their quarantine).

While conducting case investigations, the Grand Traverse County Health Department identified the following locations in which a confirmed COVID-19 case was present. See below for location, dates and times.

Centre Ice in Traverse City
TC Cup Men’s Hockey Tournament from 8/14-8/16

  • Friday, 8/14 from 6:30pm-10:30pm
  • Saturday, 8/15 from 9am-7pm
  • Sunday, 8/16 from 10am-12pm

Apache Trout Grill

  • Wednesday, 8/12 from 10am-4pm
  • Thursday, 8/13 and Friday, 8/14 from 4pm-11pm
  • Saturday, 8/15 and Sunday, 8/16 from 10am-4pm

If you were at either of these locations during these dates and times, please self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days since the possible exposure, particularly if you were not wearing a mask or practicing 6 feet of social distancing. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath,
vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches, repeated shaking with chills, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. Anyone that is self-monitoring, as a result, should keep away from the public, family, close contacts, and roommates as much as possible.

Anyone who was identified as a close contact is contacted directly by the Grand Traverse County Health Department individually and told to quarantine.

Please note that regardless of any listed locations, community exposure is happening across Grand Traverse County. Be sure to practice safety measures while out in public, including wearing a mask in public, washing your hands often, maintaining six feet of social distance.

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 94,697 positive cases and 6,368 deaths of COVID-19. 67,778 have recovered in Michigan as of 8/20/2020.


Northwestern Michigan College
NMC is ready to start the Fall semester. They are in phase two of four of their reopening plan. This stage includes campus buildings opening with limited contact; as a result, some classes will continue in person (14%), some will operate under a hybrid model (30%), and some classes will be completely virtual (56%). Masks will also be required everywhere on campus. If a student does not have access to a mask, they can call the school to receive one. Housing will continue to be available for those who
need it but will be at 50% capacity. Additional information regarding NMC’s plans and response to COVID-19 can be found on their website under the COVID Hub.

Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
Summer special education classes took place in person over the past few months. While some had reservations at first, students, parents, and teachers alike, all thought the new processes went well and were ultimately happy to be getting everyone together in person again.


Grand Traverse County testing sites include:

  • Munson Healthcare Foster Family Community Health Center (priority 1 & 2 only)
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services (testing all by appointment)
  • Rite Aid at Chums Corner (testing all by appointment)
  • See Michigan’s COVID-19 test finder for more options

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

If you seek testing, please remember once you get tested you should not be going out and visiting local shops and restaurants or other public spaces while waiting for test results. Anyone who gets tested for COVID-19 must remember to stay home and away from others as much as possible until
they have received a negative test result, or once they have passed their isolation period as advised by the health department if they test positive. The public should also assume the potential risk for COVID-19 exposure when going into any business and should always be wearing masks, social
distancing and follow other safety guidelines to reduce the spread in Grand Traverse County.


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 and individuals can download Stay Safe to Stay Open resources and get additional information at the website and communication templates and graphics on the Traverse Connect website.


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.