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Community Update – March 19

As of this morning, 7 tests submitted from Grand Traverse County have come back negative, but many results are still pending. 

For those unsure of whether they should self-quarantine, self-isolate, or practice social distancing, the Grand Traverse County Health Department offers the following guidance:

  • If you have been exposed to someone who is positive, this is a primary exposure and you should self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you have been in contact with someone who has experienced primary exposure or is being tested, this is secondary exposure. Secondary exposures are recommended to follow social distancing guidelines and monitor themselves for symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath).
  • At some point, everyone is going to know someone who has been tested or has symptoms of COVID-19, the Health Department continues to recommend social distancing for the entire community and practice precautions as if you have been exposed.
  • Important Reminder: 
    • If you have mild symptoms, please stay at home, follow the CDC home care guidelines and contact your doctor
    • Please follow these recommendations from the CDC to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick
Child Care for Essential Workers:
  • For licensed child care providers are who willing to remain open or re-open during this emergency, please complete a short survey to provide information about your program’s ability to serve the children of the essential workforce: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/childcare-covid-response.
  • If you work in any essential industry (Police, Firefighting, Healthcare – including inpatient food service, custodial staff, etc.) are in need of care for a child between the ages of 0-12, you are asked to fill out this form to help you find child care: http://www.helpmegrow-mi.org/essential
Food Resources: