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Community Update – March 18

No Grand Traverse County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 (there are 31 Grand Traverse County residents who have been tested, two tests came back negative and 29 results are pending). Michigan currently has 65 positive cases and one death, in Wayne County. An update on the number of cases in Michigan is updated daily at 2 p.m. at this website.

A group of key public communications professionals, as part of the Grand Traverse County Joint Information Center, is developing a comprehensive website to provide resources and clear messaging. This website should be live within a few days.

Restaurants and other food service establishments are required to adhere to robust, precise sanitary and cleanliness standards and customers should be assured of that.

For job seekers and employers needing employees, visit Pure Michigan’s Talent Connect, a space to both find employment and employees.

For those who need to apply for unemployment benefits, they may do so online here.

While the State of Michigan is providing valuable support services, the Grand Traverse County community organizations are also working together to ensure our residents make it through this situation together locally. Grand Traverse County Emergency Management is assisting with supply chain management to ensure backup medical supplies to protect emergency first responders are secured.

It is critical that people not hoard food, creating an unnecessary shortage. Food and water are available in the community and will continue to be through grocery stores and other suppliers.

For individuals who are able to volunteer to help the community meet various needs, United Way of Northwest Michigan has launched this website where you can step forward to volunteer; background checks will be conducted and once completed, United Way will connect volunteers with opportunities.

The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network has connected with at-risk senior citizens. Meals are being delivered. A focused team is meeting today to identify additional options and needs, with phone calls being made to the most at-risk senior citizens.

For the population experiencing homelessness, an additional tent is being set up in the parking lot at Wellington Street to help provide additional capacity, necessary because physical distancing is recommended to prevent the spread of illness. The gymnasium at TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis is in the near-complete process for being established as a backup location.