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Grand Traverse County COVID-19 Community Update – March 16, 2020

Schools in the five-county Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) region have released foodservice schedules and distribution plans in order to ensure that students who rely on schools for healthy meals continue to receive services during the state-ordered school closure. Hours of operation and distribution plans vary by school. Food distribution locations and options include:

  • Traverse City Area Public Schools
    Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
    Services Begin: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    Distribution Center Locations/Hours:

    • Blair Elementary School (1625 Sawyer Road), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Traverse Heights Elementary School (933 Rose Street), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • East Middle School (1776 Three Mile Road), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Long Lake Elementary School (7600 North Long Lake Road), 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

     

  • Kingsley Area Schools
    Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
    Services Begin: Monday, March 16, 2020
    Distribution Center Locations/Hours:

    • Hannah St. Mary’s ( 2912 M-113) , 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Kingsley Methodist Church ( 113 Blair Street) , 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • Home Delivery – Contact School Directly

     

  • Benzie Central Schools
    Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
    Services Begin: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    Distribution Center Locations/Hours:

    • Home Delivery – Contact School Directly

     

  • Kalkaska Public Schools
    Offering: Breakfast and Lunch
    Services Begin: Monday, March 16, 2020
    Distribution Center Locations/Hours:

    • Kalkaska High School ( 109 N Birch St)
    • Bus Stops – Contact School Directly

     

For a complete list of food services provided by area schools within TBAISD five-county region, visit:tinyurl.com/regionalschoolfoodservice .*

 

* Please contact your local school or nearest distribution center for the most up-to-date information.

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BASIC PREVENTION MEASURES:
The best prevention for viruses, such as influenza, the common cold or COVID-19 is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Replace handshakes with elbow bumps.
  • Stay at least six feet away from others when in a public setting.

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at gtchd.org, at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus, and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.