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Community Update – March 20

As of this morning, 12 tests submitted from Grand Traverse County have come back negative, but many results are still pending. 

In an effort to keep the community informed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand Traverse County has launched a new website,, and a corresponding Facebook page to serve as a central hub of up to date, factual information on the community response. 

The website  includes the following information in a clear and easy to navigate format:

  • Joint Operations Center daily community update
  • A COVID-19 case tracker including world, U.S., Michigan and Grand Traverse County
  • Resources and information for 
    • Families and Older adults
    • Residents/Community
    • Childcare/Parents
    • Employers/Workers
    • Food
    • How to help.

All critical health updates will continue to come from the Grand Traverse County Health Department and Munson Healthcare. This information will then be shared on the new county COVID-19 website. 

This website and Facebook page were built by Traverse City-based digital marketing agency Lake Effect Associates, with guidance from the Grand Traverse County Joint Operations Center. 

Grand Traverse County’s Joint Operations Center has been meeting daily to coordinate efforts and communication on the COVID-19 pandemic since Friday, March 14. Members include key community partners from health, government, first responders, education, social service, and business sectors.    



The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Replace handshakes with a friendly wave from 6 feet away.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at, at, and