Health official: ‘All of us need to continue to layer mitigation measures’ | Featured-pnr

Over the weekend and Monday, an additional 12 cases of novel coronavirus were confirmed by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

The health department, which serves Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties, reported seven new confirmed cases of the illness on Saturday, Sept. 19, including four in Otsego, two in Emmet and one in Charlevoix. On Sunday, Sept. 20, four new cases were identified, including two in Otsego and one each in Charlevoix and Antrim counties.

On Monday, one case was identified in Emmet County. With the new cases, a total of 431 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been identified in the health department’s jurisdiction including 59 in Antrim, 85 in Charlevoix, 138 in Emmet and 149 in Otsego counties.

“We would like to remind everyone that if they feel sick, please stay home,” said Lisa Peacock, health officer with the health department. “We have been noticing with our new cases that there are more close contacts, which is leading to outbreaks or clusters of cases.

“All of us need to continue to layer the mitigation measures that are in place to protect us by wearing our masks, washing our hands, keeping our distance and being thoughtful about how and where we spend our time.”

Case investigation and contact tracing is ongoing regarding the latest cases, and relevant information will be shared once it becomes available, the health department said.

On Monday, the health department reported case investigation information for 11 COVID-19 cases. All 11 cases are being reported in the health department’s jurisdiction and the following information is from case investigations conducted between Sept. 17-21:

  • Eleven of the 11 cases are primary residents
  • Ages include 20-29 years, two cases; 30-39 years, two cases; 40-49 years, one case; 50-59 years, one case; 60-69 years, three cases; 70-79 years, two cases
  • Ten cases were symptomatic, while one was asymptomatic
  • Three cases were linked to travel either into or out of the area as reported during their case investigation
  • More than 34 total close contacts have been identified, notified and instructed to quarantine

During case investigations, the following locations were identified as potential low-risk, public exposure sites:

  • Side Door Saloon,
  • Petoskey, noon-8 p.m., Sept. 8-14
  • Family Fare, Gaylord, 6-10 a.m. Sept. 14
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles, Petoskey, 5:30-10 p.m. Sept. 11; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 12; noon-8 p.m. Sept. 13

All three locations have been contacted and are working with the health department to ensure their employees and customers are safe. For questions about testing or about potential exposure, call the health department at (800) 432-4121.

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