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Community Update 9/04

The Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) has reported 37 new positive cases since Friday, August 28, bringing the total to 339 total cases, 190 recoveries, and seven deaths, leaving 142 active cases in Grand Traverse County. Case investigations and contact tracing are in progress, and information will be shared when it is available. Approximately 19,546 tests have been administered to date with a 7 day average of a 4.7% 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, Monday through Friday.

From September 2 through September 3, Grand Traverse County Health Department completed 10 case investigations for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following is information known at this time:

  • All 10 cases are primary residents.
  • All 8 cases are primary residents.
  • Ages:
    • 20-29 2
    • 40-49 2
    • 50-59 3
    • 70-79 1
  • Symptomatic: 7 Asymptomatic: 1
  • 2 are linked to travel either into or out of the area as reported during the case investigation
  • 2 are linked to large group gatherings or social events
  • 5 cases were known close contacts to other positive cases
  • Approximately 10 close contacts were identified, notified, and instructed to quarantine.

Case Investigations were also completed on 0 probable cases (individuals who were close contacts of a positive COVID case who became symptomatic during their quarantine).

While conducting case investigations, the below locations during the listed dates and times were identified as places of potential community exposure.

Target:
Monday, August 24: 7 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, August 26: 7 am – 6 pm
Thursday, August 27: 7 am – 5 pm
Friday, August 28: 7 am – 5 pm

Cobblestone Farms:
Thursday, August 27: 11 am – 1:30 pm

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 105,377 positive cases and 6,526 deaths of COVID-19 and 76,151 have recovered in Michigan as of 9/4/20.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTING

The health department will now be updating the dashboard and sending out the daily case graphic on social media Monday through Friday. Public exposure sites will still be reported the day they are discovered, including Saturdays

SENIOR CENTER

The Senior Center Network and the Commission on Aging each have disposable masks available for seniors in Grand Traverse County. Parties may call either office to arrange for curbside pick-up or could be mailed upon request.

Senior Center Network: 231-922-4911
Commission on Aging: 231-922-4688

COVID-19 TESTING:

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.

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 from others
  • Wearing masks while indoors our even outside when you are unable to maintain social distancing
  • Limiting large social gatherings- not hosting or attending large gatherings
  • Continuing basic prevention measures like frequent hand washing
  • Following workplace safety protocols.
  • Daily monitoring of yourself for symptoms including your temperature (even if you feel fine)
  • Staying home if symptomatic- even if it is just very mild symptoms
  • If others in your household have tested positive or are symptomatic, stay away, and take extra precautions to not become infected.

Businesses and individuals can download Stay Safe to Stay Open resources and get additional information at the gtcountycovid19.com website and communication templates and graphics on the Traverse Connect website.

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.