BENZIE AND LEELANAU COUNTIES — The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department announced a possible low-risk exposure site on Aug. 31.
The health department announced Stormcloud Brewing Company from 4 p.m. 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 27.
In Traverse City, The Buckle in the Grand Traverse Mall also was listed as a possible low-risk exposure site from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug.22 and from 12 to 5 p.m. on Aug. 23.
Exposure sites are released when, after case investigation, it is determined that close contacts cannot be identified or contacted. That is why restaurants and stores have been the source of many of the regional exposure sites. Most cases in Leelanau and Benzie are related to social gatherings or clusters where close contacts can be identified and contacted individually.
“We take releasing exposure sites very seriously to protect the community, the businesses, and the privacy of the individual,” said Lisa Peacock, health officer. “Being present at a low risk public site doesn’t increase the individual risk more than being present anywhere in the general public while we are experiencing community spread but we feel that sharing this information does help to raise general awareness of the presence of COVID-19 in our communities.”
Two new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Leelanau County. The case investigation is in progress. Seven total cases, six in Leelanau and one in Benzie have been reported since Aug, 29th.
As of 4 p.m., the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is reporting:
• Positive COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Benzie– 43, Leelanau– 85
• Active COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Benzie– 15, Leelanau– 21
• Recovered COVID-19 cases in the following counties: Benzie– 26, Leelanau– 64
• Hospitalized: 15 total; 0 current
• Confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the following counties: Benzie – 2, Leelanau– 0
The State of Michigan has reported 102,468 cases and 6,480 deaths
Visit the COVID-19 Data Dashboard at www.bldhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19 for the latest local information including recovered data and contact tracing.
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