For Tuesday, October 13, 2020, the Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 and one death. Tuesday’s additions bring the cumulative case total to 527, with 375 recovered and eleven deaths, leaving 141 active cases. The latest death was a female, in her 80s, who was being cared for at Munson Medical Center.
While conducting case investigations, the listed location, during the specified dates and times were discovered to be a place of potential public exposure.
Harrington’s By The Bay:
Thursday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, October 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 3 from 2020 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
If you were present at the above location during the listed time periods, you should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days since the possible exposure, particularly if you were not wearing a mask or maintaining 6 foot distance from others.
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.
On Friday, October 9th, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order under section 2253 of the Public Health Code. This order provides additional detail and clarity around the major areas of protection including facial coverings, worker protections, and limits on gathering sizes. The new provisions in the MDHHS orders provide for capacity limits in businesses, masks in childcare centers, added protections for workers, and requirements for contact tracing. The state also released an infographic and a fact sheet to provide a better understanding of the latest orders.
The Grand Traverse County Health Department stresses that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic with no vaccine or cure. The best steps each person can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to wear a facemask in public, avoid large gatherings of people, stay 6 feet away from others outside your household, wash your hands often, and do not work or go out in public when you are sick or have symptoms.