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Grand Traverse County COVID Report and Case Investigation Breakdown Oct. 16 – 18

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting 25 new cases of COVID-19 and one death since October 16, 2020, bringing the cumulative case total to 579 with 392 recovered and 13 deaths, leaving 174 active cases. The latest death was a male in his 70s, who was being cared for at Munson Medical Center.

While conducting case investigations, the listed locations, during the specified dates and times were discovered to be a place of potential public exposure. Exposure sites not open to the public are contacted directly.

North Peak Brewing Company:
Saturday, October 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 11 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Monday, October 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:15 pm

Bootlegger’s:
Sunday, October 11 from 7:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.

Dillinger’s Pub:
Thursday, October 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you were present at the above locations 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.

From October 16th through October 18th Grand Traverse County Health Department completed 14 case investigations for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following is information known at this time:

  • All 14 cases are primary residents.
  • Ages:
    • 0-19 2
    • 20-29 1
    • 30-39 3
    • 40-49 2
    • 50-59 2
    • 60-69 4
  • Symptomatic: 13 Asymptomatic: 1
  • 3 are linked to travel either into or out of the area as reported during the case investigation
  • 3 is linked to large group gatherings or social events
  • 9 cases were known close contacts to other positive cases
  • Approximately 46 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).

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.

Additionally, the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) issued a new emergency rule on October, 14, 2020 for employers to control, prevent, and mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among employees. To see the rules in full, visit: MIOSHA COVID-19 Emergency Rules 10-14-20. A fact sheet regarding the rules can be found here: MIOSHA EMERGENCY RULES.