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Posted on: May 22, 2020

Community Update - May 22

Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Community Update - May 22, 2020

DAILY NUMBERS

The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports the total number of COVID-19 cases remains at 23 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 14 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County residents. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard. 

 Regionally, Munson Healthcare is reporting COVID-19 testing results on its website for each of its hospitals. Numbers listed are by hospital, not county of residence.

 Michigan has reported 53,510 positive cases and 5,129 deaths of COVID-19. 

PARTIAL REOPENING BEGINS TODAY

Grand Traverse County will begin a partial reopening today under MI Safe Start Executive Order 2020-96. Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to Stay Safe to Stay Open. This includes the following measures while in public:

  • Staying 6 feet apart 

  • Wearing masks

  • Limiting social gatherings to 10 people 

  • Continuing basic prevention measures like frequent hand washing

  • Following workplace safety protocols.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the citizens of Grand Traverse County have responded quickly and demonstrated their individual responsibility to help mitigate the impact of the disease on our community. As the region begins to reopen, it will be our dedication to safety that will determine our ability to see continued success. 

To support this effort, the Grand Traverse County Health Department, Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Office along with the Traverse City Police Department remain committed to providing a safe environment for all of the people in the Grand Traverse Area. Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, these Departments have worked together to investigate potential violations of the Governor’s Executive Orders. This upcoming holiday weekend will be no different. Plans are in place to ensure a coordinated response to any potential issues. 

In the event of serious and potentially dangerous situations, efforts will be made to educate and raise awareness of the safeguards established under the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-97. However, there may be situations where this approach is insufficient. In those cases, law enforcement will continue to investigate and reports will be sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for review. A violation of an Executive Order is punishable by up to 90 days and/or $500.00  (MCL 10.33). Additionally, businesses that do not comply could face licensing issues in the future. 

The Grand Traverse Health Department has links on its website to reopening toolkits for businesses and a noncompliance reporting form where individuals can report health-related concerns. Individuals may also report issues to the health department at gtchd@gtchd.org, or by calling (231) 995-6800. If an issue arises that is not of an emergent nature, please contact the Health Department, or the non-emergency line of 911 Dispatch at (231) 922-4550 so that 911 remains available for more serious calls. 

Together, by staying safe to stay open, we can be a model for the state and allow economic recovery in our region, without risking the health of our residents or capacity of our healthcare system. We are all dependent on one another to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Reminder to seasonal and returning residents: the Grand Traverse County Health Department and Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance are recommending a 14-day self-quarantine to limit the chances you might spread the virus unknowingly. Returning residents are encouraged to use store delivery services upon arrival to the area.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

Please visit gtcountycovid19.com for important resources including health and safety information for individuals and businesses. 

If you suspect that you may have contracted the virus, call your healthcare provider or the Michigan COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, seven days a week from 8 am - 5 pm.

ABOUT THE JOC

Grand Traverse County’s Joint Operations Center has been meeting to coordinate efforts and communication on the COVID-19 pandemic since Friday, March 13. Members include key community partners from health, government, first responders, education, social service, and business sectors.  

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