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Community Update – March 23

Yesterday, the Grand Traverse County Health Department reported the first known positive case of COVID-19 in a Grand Traverse County resident. Full details here. There are 40 additional tests pending in Grand Traverse County and 49 tests have come back as negative.

Governor Whitmer issued the “Stay Home. Stay Safe” Executive Order No. 2020-21 today, which goes into effect at midnight for the next three weeks. Stay home. Stay Safe. Save lives. Stay at home, except for critical work and needs. People of all ages need to follow this and all executive orders to stay home as much as possible and avoid any non-essential travel in the community. Wash your hands often, don’t touch your face, stay at least six feet away from others if you must go out, and stay home if you are sick.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services assembled an FAQ on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself. If you suspect that you may have contracted the virus, call your healthcare provider or the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For the most up-to-the-minute, factual information, visit Grand Traverse County’s official website and Facebook page.

All critical health updates come from our community’s experts at the Grand Traverse County Health Department and Munson Healthcare and are immediately posted throughout the day along with other updates from Joint Operations Center (JOC) members. Residents are encouraged to direct their neighbors to these best information resources. The JOC is also sharing updates with traditional media for people who do not have access to digital information. Popular sections of the website include food, employment, and business resources.

Michigan reported 1,232 cases with 15 reported deaths as of today, March 23. Numbers are updated daily at 2 pm. Many have also recovered from COVID-19. Recovery numbers are difficult to determine because they lag behind real-time and don’t include unreported mild cases. 

The Grand Traverse County Joint Operations Center meets daily to coordinate efforts and communication on the COVID-19 pandemic. Members include key community partners from health, government, first responder, education, social service, and business sectors.


The best prevention for viruses like COVID-19, influenza, and the common cold is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.
  • Replace handshakes with a friendly wave from 6 feet away.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at, at, and

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