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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Community Update - June 26

Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Community Update - June 26, 2020


The Grand Traverse County Health Department (GTCHD) reports 2 new positive cases today bringing the total to 40 positive cases, 6 probable cases, 22 recoveries, and 5 deaths in Grand Traverse County residents. Additional statistics are available on the County’s dashboard

The new cases include a female in her 20s and a female in her 60s. Both are asymptomatic. Contact tracing on these individuals is still in progress. These cases are associated with testing conducted last week by the National Guard in long-term care facilities in the region.

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 62,306 positive cases and 5,887 deaths of COVID-19. 49,290 have recovered in Michigan (as of 6/19/2020).  

Possible community exposure sites in Grand Traverse County have been identified following an out-of-county, collaborative contact tracing effort.

Thursday, June 18th:
Mari Vineyards from 1 – 2 p.m.
Brys Estate Vineyard and Winery from 2 – 3 p.m.
Bowers Harbor Vineyards from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Amical from 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 19th:
Rooftop bar at Hotel Indigo from 8 – 9 p.m.
Little Fleet from 9 – 10:30 p.m.
Low Bar from 10:45 – 11:30 p.m.
Kilkenny’s Irish Public House from 11:45 p.m. – 1:45 a.m.

Anyone who visited these locations during or near the listed time period should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days since the possible exposure. Self-monitoring includes keeping away from family, close contacts and roommates as much as possible and wearing a mask when out in public.


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. 


Grand Traverse County testing sites include:

·  Munson Healthcare Foster Family Community Health Center (priority 1 & 2 only)

·  Northwest Michigan Health Services (testing all)

·  Rite Aid at Chums Corner (testing all by appointment)

·  See Michigan’s COVID-19 test finder for more options

 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, have opened Front Street between Park Street and Union Street to pedestrians only. 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.



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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