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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Community Update - June 19

Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Community Update - June 19, 2020


The Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) reports 37 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 19 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County residents. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard.  

Two new positive cases have been reported since Monday’s update (6/15/20) 

  • Female in her 50’s, asymptomatic, no known community exposure, close contacts have been notified

  • Female in her 20’s, case investigation is in progress.  

The GTCHD has received most results from the 835 tests performed at the National Guard community testing event May 30 and 31 at Turtle Creek Stadium. The positive results have been included in the daily numbers count and the GTCHD has followed up on all positive cases.  

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 60,618 positive cases and 5,818 deaths of COVID-19. 44,964 have recovered in Michigan.   


Weekend Testing:

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing offered by Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department

Saturday, June 20, from 11-3 at Suttons Bay High School

310 S. Elm Street, Suttons Bay, MI 49682


Sunday, June 21 from 11-3 at Benzie Central High School

9222 Homestead Road, Benzonia, MI 49616


No charge for testing, though they will be collecting insurance information for those that are insured.

This testing is available for MI residents regardless of symptoms. No doctor’s referral is needed.

Grand Traverse County testing sites include:

 Testing sites have capacity and tests are available. Individuals seeking tests can call:

  • Their healthcare provider

  • The Munson Healthcare Covid-19 hotline: 231-935-0951

  • The Michigan COVID-19 hotline: 888-535-6136 


In an effort to allow shoppers and diners more space to practice social distancing, the DDA, in cooperation with the City of Traverse City and Downtown business owners, are opening Front Street between Park Street and Union Street to pedestrians only beginning Monday, June 22nd. To help with vehicle traffic during this closure, State Street – also between Park Street and Union Street – will change from a one-way street to a two-way street.  


The Grand Traverse County Health Department’s reopening toolkits are available on the Health Department website

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 large social gatherings 

  • Continuing basic prevention measures like frequent hand washing

  • Following workplace safety protocols.

Businesses can download a Stay Safe to Stay Open printable poster and a social media image at the website. 


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


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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