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Grand Traverse County COVID report, case data Nov. 10-11

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is reporting 67 new cases of COVID-19 (Wednesday: 35, Thursday: 32) and one death since Tuesday, November 10, 2020, bringing the cumulative case total to 1,065 with 547 recovered and 15 deaths, leaving 503 active cases. The latest death was a male in his 80s who was being cared for at Munson Medical Center.

We continue to experience a rapid surge in cases of COVID-19 across the state, nation, and in northern Michigan. Most of the counties in the region are now classified in the highest risk category for case rate, testing positivity rate or both. This reflects the current reality that there is widespread transmission of COVID-19 happening throughout our communities, including workplace settings. It is important that we all do our part to slow the spread of this virus.

Since the beginning of November, The Grand Traverse County Health Department has reported out 279 cases of COVID-19. We continue to ask for your patience and individual cooperation as we manage the large, growing volume of cases and case investigations. If you are a newly diagnosed/COVID 19+ tested case, please self-isolate until we can contact you directly. Additionally, notify any of your close contacts that they will need to quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with you, until contact tracing can be completed and to monitor for symptoms. If symptoms arise, get tested. If you have school-age children, they should stay home from school and all school related activities as part of their quarantine.

While conducting case investigations, the below locations, during the specified dates and times were determined to be a place of potential public exposure. Exposure sites not open to the public are contacted directly. (With the number of cases continuing to grow at an accelerated pace, community spread is very prevalent in our area. Although these locations have been identified, It should be assumed that every venture out is a possible risk.)

Cracker Barrel:
Monday, November 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sam’s Club:
Monday, November 2 from 3:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 31 from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Verizon Store (2021 S. Airport Road W):
Monday, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Golden Fellowship Hall polling location:
9700 Riley Road, Interlochen
Tuesday, November 3 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Agave Mexican Grill (851 S. Garfield):
Saturday, November 7 from 11 a.m. – 12:15 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.

If you should become symptomatic while quarantining, you should seek testing.

Anyone that is self-monitoring as a result should have a heightened sense of awareness that you could become infectious at any point during the 14-day self-monitoring period. Please keep this in mind when interacting with family, friends and the public.

From November 9 – 10, the Grand Traverse County Health Department 41 completed case investigations for confirmed COVID-19 cases. The following is information known at this time:

  • All 41 cases are primary residents.
  • Ages:
    • 0-19 4
    • 20-29 9
    • 30-39 9
    • 40-49 6
    • 50-59 4
    • 60-69 5
    • 70-79 2
    • 80-89 2
  • Symptomatic: 39 Asymptomatic: 2
  • 7 are linked to travel either into or out of the area as reported during the case investigation
  • 10 are linked to large group gatherings or social events
  • 18 cases were known close contacts to other positive cases
  • Approximately 149 close contacts were identified, notified, and instructed to quarantine.

Case Investigations were also completed on 4 probable cases (individuals who were close contacts of a positive COVID case who became symptomatic during their quarantine).

Many of our recent cases have been tied to social gatherings of all sizes and people working while infectious. With community spread evident, we must all remain vigilant and follow mitigation measures any time we leave our home.

When socializing with friends or family:

  • Get together outside whenever possible. Risk of transmission is increased when indoors.
  • If inside, include no more than two households and never more than 10 people.
  • If you feel sick, do not attend any gatherings.
  • Wear a mask, removing only to eat and drink.
  • Social distance away from others.