Covid-19 Pandemic

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Two more positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Grand Traverse County, and the health department is reporting a possible exposure site at the Holiday Station Store on South Airport Road in Traverse City.
 

A man in his 30s caught the virus through community transmission, health officials say. A woman in her 20s had contact with someone who tested positive case. 

 

The Grand Traverse County Health Department is also telling those who

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On one particularly bad day, Otsego County EMS responded to six COVID-19 emergency calls. Later, paramedics started getting sick. 

Right now, about 20 percent of Otsego County’s 36 EMS staff are out because of the virus. That includes those in quarantine, those sick, and an employee on voluntary leave for health concerns.

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People are flooding into Leelanau County since COVID-19 hit Michigan last month, according to several local business owners.

Health departments in northern Michigan have asked those visiting to self-quarantine, and essential workers in the county are concerned about the increased foot traffic.


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Artists across northern Michigan are scrambling to find ways to make up for lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

With many events and large gatherings canceled through spring and into the summer, artists have lost out on gigs and other opportunities they were depending on to make ends meet. 


   

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Local businesses in some northern Michigan counties are now required to screen employees and ensure social distancing measures are taken.

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  Last week, hospitals in the Detroit area reported being at full capacity.

 

The state asked hospitals to make room for any COVID-19 patients that might need to be transferred. It suggested hospitals to increase the number of Intensive Care Unit beds to 10 to 20 percent and prepare an emergency plan.

 

 

Now, some northern Michigan hospitals are making room for possible transfers.

 

Non-profit organizations in northern Michigan are among those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Dave Mengebier is the president and CEO of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. He says more people depend on nonprofits for essentials during this crisis, but it’s a really tough time for those organizations to raise money. 

 


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An employee of the East Jordan Family Health Center tested positive for the coronavirus. 

But Rachel Krino with the health center says the employee had no direct contact with patients.

"As soon as he showed symptoms on March 25 he went into self quarantine and self-monitoring," Krino said. "In terms of test results, we just found out yesterday.”

According to a press release from the health center that employee had recently traveled downstate. Now he's are feeling well and recovering.

A $500,000 grant from the state will support businesses in the 10 counties of northwest lower Michigan affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

About that same amount is also available through a new loan program from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

 


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A man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s died of COVID-19 in Grand Traverse County in a 24 hour time period.

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Updated 4/2/20 with additional information from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. 

People who visited the Meijer in Petoskey two weekends ago may have been minimally exposed to COVID-19, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan says.

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The Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance wants people to self-quarantine if they are traveling to northern Michigan. 

 

In an advisory, the association — made up of seven local health departments — says they recommend a 14-day self quarantine for anyone visiting or returning to northern Michigan. The request is endorsed by local healthcare systems, local law enforcement and county leadership. 

 

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An Emmet County resident has died from health issues related to COVID-19, McLaren Northern Michigan announced Tuesday evening.

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As coronavirus continues to spread in Michigan, the pandemic puts the state's blood supply at risk.


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TRAVERSE CITY — A man in his 80s is the first Kalkaska County resident to die from the COVID-19 disease.

District Health Department No. 10 officials said the man was hospitalized at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City on March 25. His positive test result came back the next day and he died Monday morning at the hospital.

"We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family who lost their loved one," said Kevin Hughes, the health department's health officer, in a released statement.

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Bars and restaurants across Michigan are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That means many chefs and cooks are out of work and have time to spare.

One cook in Traverse City is using that time to feed those in need.

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Grand Traverse County reports there are two residents with COVID-19 who likely became exposed in the community.

One woman in her 70s had not travelled or had contact with any known person with the disease, a county health department investigation found. She is currently in the hospital.

The county anticipated it would see community transmission eventually, Grand Traverse County Health Department Medical Director Michael Collins said in a release.

A woman walks across an empty Front Street in Traverse City on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Grand Traverse Health Department officials want visitors coming to the county coming from COVID-19 hot spots to self-quarantine for 14 days.
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If you’re traveling to Grand Traverse County, please quarantine yourself. That’s the message from the Grand Traverse County Health Department. It's requesting a 14-day self-quarantine for anyone coming to the county from areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases.


Today on Stateside, people in Detroit are getting hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and hospitals are worried about a surge in patients overwhelming the city’s health care providers. Plus, as most other businesses shut down during the state's “stay at home” order, grocery stores are still open. We’ll hear what it’s like to be one of the workers at those stores.

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