COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus
All Epidemic Orders from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)
Epidemic Order effective May 6th to May 31, 2021
- Masks are not required outdoors unless a gathering has over 100 individuals
- Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals at a residential gathering
- Masks are not required during active practice and competition for non-contact sports that are played outside (For example, you would need to wear a mask in the dugout, but you would not need to wear a mask when at bat or playing first base)
- Large Outdoor Events like a fair, festival, or golf tournament that follow enhanced mitigation measures will be permitted to have 20 persons per 1,000 square feet with no cap.
- Residential gatherings can go beyond the current cap of 50 individuals if they can space people 20 persons per 1,000 square feet.
- Outdoor stadiums with fixed seating:
- Stadiums complying with enhanced protocols will continue to be allowed to operate at 20% of their fixed seating capacity. For example, a stadium with a maximum capacity complying with enhanced protocols would be permitted to host 8,000 patrons.
- Otherwise, for stadiums or arenas with a fixed seating capacity of 5,000 or greater without enhanced protocols 1,000 patrons may be gathered (previously 750).
- o For stadiums or arenas with a fixed seating capacity of 10,000 or greater without enhanced protocols 1,500 patrons may be gathered.
- Fully vaccinated youth athletes no longer need to undergo routine screening testing for COVID-19.
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In Grand Traverse County you can get tested for COVID-19 at:
- GTCHD through Honu Labs @ Cherryland Mall location. TESTING HERE IS TEMPORARILY ON PAUSE. This page will be updated as soon as the new information is available.
- Northwest Michigan Health Services (231-642-5292): By appointment only. Please leave a voicemail and they will return your call.
- Rite Aid (231-943-9288). No doctor recommendation is needed. Online scheduling is required: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/services/covid-19-testing
- Munson’s Foster Family Community Health Center (231-935-9269): At this location, a provider's note is required and only those with symptoms may be tested.
- Walgreens in Traverse City: The one located at Chum's Corners. An appointment is required. No doctor's recommendation is needed. An online assessment tool will ask you some questions and then allow you to schedule an appointment: https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing/consent
- Crystal Lake Clinic (5191 Rosewood Dr., Traverse City, 231-922-0667): Symptomatic or asymptomatic. Telehealth visit required. They provide same day appointments for testing with results usually within 48-72 hours. They will bill insurance or $55 if no insurance. Appointment preferred or can drive-up and call from the parking lot.
- The Walk-In Clinic (3074 US-31, Traverse City, 231-929-1234): Schedule online www.thewalkinclinic.biz
- TC Rapid Testing - (3301 Veterans Dr) Testing is $125. The clinic accepts credit cards and cash. Clients are taken on a first come, first served basis and will remain in their car for testing. Learn more at 231-252-FAST.
Munson has put together some information specific to their testing location here:
You can also locate testing sites throughout the State of Michigan HERE.
Sign up for our GTCHD Email Bulletins HERE.
Find Grand Traverse County COMMUNITY Updates HERE.
Potential Community Exposures can be found on our Daily Case Update via Facebook.
The most up-to-date symptoms of COVID-19 from the CDC
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SICK?
A helpful decision making tool from the Michigan Department Health and Human Services for potential exposure:
IF you are not seriously ill, we ask that you remain home, take care of yourself, and stay away from others. Find our more about caring for yourself at home here:
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF?
- PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING - in other words, stay away from groups of people and try to remain at least 6ft away from others.
- Work from and stay home if you can. Follow orders from officials including Governor Whitmer regarding group gatherings: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Wash your hands frequently and well: use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as this is how germs spread.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a bleach based household cleaning spray or wipe. These are products certified by the EPA to clean COVID-19.
- Call ahead to your Healthcare Provider if you have a serious respiratory illness (most COVID-19 infections will not be serious).
WHAT PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) SHOULD YOU USE?
- Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-153 requires any individual who leaves their home or place of residence to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth:
1. When in any indoor public space;
2. When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; and
3. When waiting for or riding on public transportation, while in a taxi or ridesharing vehicle, or when using a private car service as a means of hired transportation.
Q: Do employees who interact with the public have to wear a face covering?
A: Yes. An employee who works indoors at a stores or other business that is open to the public is an "individual" who is in an "indoor public space." As such, the employee must wear a face covering unless he or she fits within a narrow exception specified in the order.
SHOULD I TRAVEL?
- Postpone nonessential travel.
- Evaluate CDC travel guidance prior to travel.
STAY UPDATED ON CURRENT FACTUAL INFORMATION
- Check the Grand Traverse County Health Department’s website regularly: http://gtchd.org/2231/Coronavirus
- Review MDHHS’s website: https://www.michigan.gov/ coronavirus
- Read the latest updates from the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
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REOPENING TOOLKITS and GUIDANCES:
HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES
RESOURCES FOR ANYONE:
- General Cleaning and Disinfectant Recommendations
- CDC Fact sheet: What to do if you are sick with COVID-19?
ADVISORIES, DIRECTIVES AND FORMS:
**PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY FOR TRAVELERS HEADING NORTH**
*EMERGENCY ORDER (GT-2020-01)
*HEALTH OFFICER LETTER AND ESSENTIAL BUSINESS SERVICES TOOLKIT IN SUPPORT OF EO (GT-2020-1)
*EO (GT-2020-1) Questions & Answers