Coronavirus COVID-19

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are types of viruses that typically affect the respiratory tract of birds and mammals, including humans.  These viruses are associated with common illnesses, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and the common cold, and also with more severe illnesses such as SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome).  COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus that has not been previously identified.


Case Counts: Updated 4-2-2020

County/Hospital/State Confirmed Positive Tested Pending
Benzie 0 23 7
Leelanau 1 40 13
Munson- Paul Oliver 0 17 1
Munson- TC 21 271 42
Michigan 10,791 N/A N/A


What is the health department doing in response to COVID-19?

The Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department is working with federal, state, and local partners to coordinate the response to COVID-19.  This includes daily monitoring of travelers who may have been exposed; coordination of testing for those who meet testing criteria; and providing information to health care providers and the public.

Daily Updates

Update 4-2-2020

Update 4-1-2020

Update 3-31-2020

Update 3-30-2020

Update 3-27-2020

Press Releases and other Communication

Public Health Advisory 3-31-2020

Governor's order for Shelter In Place

Press Release 3-16-2020- First Case in Leelanau

Press Release 3-16-2020- Alert for Travelers

Public Health Alert 3-12-2020   Spanish 

Press Release 3-4-2020 -Prepare, Not Panic

CDC Weekly Update 3-1-2020

Health Care Provider Update 2-28-2020


What Should Individuals Be Doing To Protect Themselves?

The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to follow the same general guidelines to protect yourself from flu and other common illnesses.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, especially before eating, before touching your face/eyes/mouth, after coughing or sneezing, and after touching surfaces that have been touched by many others.  Wash for at least 20 seconds.  if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean frequently touched objects with regular household cleaners
  • Stay home if you are ill

A note about facemasks:  Facemasks are NOT recommended for people who are well. Regular (surgical) facemasks should be worn by people who have symptoms of COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the disease to others.  It is recommended that N-95 masks be used by health care workers who are caring for patients with COVID-19 but not by the general public.


COVID-19 Information Hotlines

If you have questions, please call our Public Health Information Line - 1-231-882-2197.                                                            (Voicemail Box for COVID-19 questions answered by Public Health Professionals)

MDHHS Hotline: 1-888-535-6136 or email
(Experts answering COVID-19-related questions - Open 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 7 days a week)

Munson Healthcare COVID-19 Hotline: 231-935-0951
(Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19, Options to speak with a Munson Team Member - Recording available 24/7)

2-1-1 Hotline
(Get connected with needed resources from across our communities - Calls - 24 hours, Text & Chat, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday)

Information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing so the best way to educate yourself is to follow the links below for the most credible, up-to-date information.


Guidance and Recommended Information

Where to find updated information about COVID-19:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Household and Family Information:

            MDHHS PPE Optimization 4-1-2020 

            When Should You See a Doctor and Get Tested?

When to Quarantine

What is Social Distancing

Important Information Regarding Coronavirus 3-12-2020

            Guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding women

            CDC Guidance for Households and Families

Healthcare Providers Information:

            Criteria to Guide Evaluation and Laboratory Testing for COVID-19 3-25-2020

            Information about COVID-19 Testing 3-16-2020

If You Have COVID-19- Isolation Instructions

If You Have Been Exposed to Someone With COVID-19 Information

Specimen Collection and Shipping Instructions

Updated Infection prevention Recommendations for Health Care Settings 3-11-2020

CMS Guidance for Nursing Homes 3-9-2020

COVID-19 - Interim Guidance for Schools, Businesses, and Non-Profits

Protecting yourself from COVID-19

Guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Coronavirus Fact Sheet

COVID-19 Testing Guidance

Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission

Schools and Childcare Information:

            COVID-19 - Interim Guidance for Schools, Businesses, and Non-Profits

Businesses and Employees Information:

            Coronavirus and Retail Workers

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers

            Food Establishments 

            Best Practices Food Establishments

            Business Essential Worker Toolkit 

Additional Guidance:

           High-Risk Individuals with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart conditions, lung disease, and older adults over the age of 65.

           Long Term Care Facilities

           Actions For Caregivers of Older Adults 3-25-2020

           Churches and Faith-based Communities

           Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings