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First Positive Case Of Coronavirus Identified In Grand Traverse County

By Beth Milligan | March 23, 2020

The Grand Traverse County Health Department reported the first positive case of COVID-19 from the novel coronavirus in a Grand Traverse County resident Sunday.

The individual, an adult male in his twenties with a history of international travel, is recovering at his home. The health department is working with the man to identify and contact anyone potentially exposed and will maintain regular contact with him to ensure his needs are met during his home isolation, the department said in a release. The man self-quarantined immediately after returning from his travel, creating little to no risk of community exposure, according to the health department. "The Grand Traverse County Health Department is confident in saying the likelihood of community transmission with this case is extremely low," the release states. "If in the future, a positive case was known to have been in a public setting and possible exposed several people to COVID-19, the Grand Traverse County Health Department would make that location and time of exposure public."

As of Sunday, there are now 1,035 cases of coronavirus identified in Michigan, including seven confirmed cases in northern Michigan counties. In Grand Traverse County, 75 residents have been tested so far, with 27 tests coming back negative, one positive, and the rest pending. According to the health department, "getting test results has been a slow process because initially only the state laboratory was capable of running results. This has changed and private labs are now coming on board. Test results are expected to come in more quickly with this development."

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