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Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Community Mitigation Update – Saturday, March 14

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is working with Traverse Connect and other community organizations to address the public health of our community. Traverse Connect will continue to provide these to our investors, partners, and community.

Saturday, March 14 Update:

In cooperation with these partners, the following recommendations for healthcare in our County have been established:

If you are mild to moderately sick, health officials at the Health Department and Munson ask that you please stay home and take care of yourself.  For conditions that can be classified as more severe and would require a healthcare visit, please follow this process:

  • Again, IF you are moderately to mildly sick – just stay home.
  • Use telemedicine whenever possible.
  • Call your healthcare provider before you go into the office.
  • Do NOT go to the Emergency Room unless you are sick enough to require emergency care.
  • Your primary care provider will give you direction regarding testing.
  • A doctor’s order is REQUIRED for COVID-19 testing.


We also ask that individuals not overload local healthcare resources.  A State of Michigan hotline 1-888-535-6136 has been set up to answer general questions.  This state hotline will be staffed daily from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.  Please start with the hotline for questions regarding COVID-19 and resources that are available for all Michigan communities.


While the State of Michigan is providing valuable support services, the Grand Traverse County community organizations are also working together to ensure our residents make it through this situation together.  Representatives from the following partners are included: Grand Traverse County, Munson Healthcare System, the City of Traverse City,   Traverse City Area Public Schools, Traverse Area District Library,  Grand Traverse Metro Fire and EMS, Safe Harbor, Goodwill Inn,  Cherry Capital Airport,  Bay Area Transportation Authority,  United States Coast Guard,  Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District,  Northwestern Michigan College,  Traverse Connect, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Michigan Legislature.