Practice social distancing, use state hotline for help, say Grand Traverse health officials

Mar 15, 2020

 

Microscopic image of an isolate from the first U.S. case of COVID-19.
Credit Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Over the weekend, Grand Traverse County officials released guidelines for residents to stop the community spread of coronavirus. 

Administrators say there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County, as of noon Sunday.

 

 

But county officials asked the community to limit the spread of this disease through social distancing measures.

Recommendations include moving at least six feet away from others in public, avoiding contact with sick people and if sick, staying home and away from other household members.

Health officials at the Grand Traverse County Health Department and Munson Healthcare say people should only visit a healthcare facility if dealing with severe illness.

The officials say if people are having mild symptoms they should stay home and call their doctors to determine if COVID-19 testing is necessary. A doctor’s order is required to get the test.

The department encourages people with questions to call the state hotline 1-888-535-6136. The hotline will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.  

Grand Traverse County says the Bay Area Transportation Authority will still run, parks will remain open, and city and county operations will continue as usual. Scheduled government meetings will be held.

 

County officials say in order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases people should:

  • Wash their hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth

  • Cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.