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).  SARS-COV-2 is a type of coronavirus that has not been previously identified.

Note on Confirmed cases: Confirmed cases only include people who test positive for COVID-19.

Note on Confirmed Cases by Zip Code:  In an effort to provide more comprehensive data about confirmed and probable cases in our health jurisdiction, we are now reporting the number of confirmed cases by zip code for our two counties. Zipcodes with less than 5 cases are noted by "<5" to protect potentially identifiable information.

Recovered: Per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Recovered Cases are defined as the number of persons with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who are alive 30 days post-onset of symptoms. As the pandemic continues to impact Michigan, this pool will expand to include more cases. The number of persons recovered on May 1, 2020, represents COVID-19 confirmed individuals with an onset date on or prior to April 1, 2020. If an individual dies from a COVID-related cause >30 days from onset, they are removed from the number of persons recovered. The source of the data is the Michigan Disease Surveillance System and Vital Records.

Note on case counts: Use caution when interpreting case count information.

The true number of COVID-19 cases is likely higher than we know.

  • Given the national shortage of testing supplies, tests are only given to people who meet priority criteria where there are testing supplies available. Click here to view the criteria for testing.
  • Some people who have COVID-19 will be asymptomatic (not show symptoms) and therefore may not be tested.
  • Laboratories may be backlogged with tests, so results can take days. In some cases, sick individuals may recover before their case is added to local, state, and national counts.


Where can I get COVID-19 Tested?


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.

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Press Releases and other Communication

Press Release 6-16-2020- Drive-Thru Testing for COVID-19

Public Health Emergency Order 2020-4- [No longer effective]

Public Health Emergency Order 2020-3- [No longer effective]

Press Release 4-17-2020- First case in Benzie

Public Health Emergency Order 2020-2 [No longer effective]

Press Release 4-6-2020

Public Health Advisory 6-10-2020

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

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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:  Homemade facemasks are recommended for the general population.  It is recommended that N-95 masks and surgical masks be used by health care workers who are caring for patients with COVID-19 but not by the general public.

*Face Covering Guidance*



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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 COVID-19 Toolkit- 10/7/2020

            MDHHS PPE Optimization 4-1-2020 

            When Should You See a Doctor and Get Tested?

When to Quarantine?

What is Social Distancing?

Guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding women

FAQ on Pregnancy and COVID-19

Breastfeeding During COVID-19

            CDC Guidance for Households and Families

            COVID-19 Reduce Your Risk

Healthcare Providers Information:

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

            If You Have COVID-19- Isolation Instructions

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

Specimen Collection and Shipping Instructions

Infection Prevention Recommendations for Health Care Settings

Protecting yourself from COVID-19

Guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Coronavirus Fact Sheet

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

Schools and Childcare Information:

           Schools and Childcare Guidance 

           Safe Childcare Operations from LARA

           Day Camp Guidelines form LARA

           Building Reopening Guidance

Businesses and Employees Information:

            COVID-19 Webinar and Video List for Businesses

            Coronavirus and Retail Workers

CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Difference from Clean, Sanitize, and Disinfect

Building Reopening Guidance 


            Best Practices for Retail Food Stores, Restaurants, and Food Pick-Up/Delivery Services- 4/2020

            Free COVID-19 Related ServSafe Video

            COVID-19 Response Plan Template  PDF

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   Guidance

           Actions For Caregivers of Older Adults 3-25-2020   FAQ         

Large Gathering:

           Churches and Faith-based Communities

           Large Community Events & Mass Gatherings