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Northern Michigan health officials say COVID-19 is in the community and residents should be cautious

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The Health Department of Northwest Michigan has announced three possible locations of COVID-19 exposure in Gaylord and Petoskey.

The exposure is from an Otsego resident who has since tested positive for COVID-19.

On May 29th, the person visited two bars in Gaylord and the Odawa Casino in Petoskey. The individual was not symptomatic.

Lisa Peacock is with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

“There are very few close contacts in this case. All close contacts were identified and notified by the health department, interviewed and quarantined for 14 days as is typical of every case investigation that we do.”

Dr. Joshua Meyerson is the Medical Director for the District Health Department. He said residents need to understand COVID will likely be in the community for some time.

“To see some increase in cases wouldn’t be surprising. But what is important as we learn to live with COVID is we learn to be vigilant, smart about our actions, respectful and responsible.”

Meyerson said residents should take steps to protect themselves as the region opens up.

“Certainly we aren’t’ back to normal. We’re learning to live in this age of COVID. Everyone’s circumstances are different. People will have different levels of comfort when they do reengage.”

Residents who visited the same locations as the individual are encouraged to self-monitor to see if symptoms develop.

The individual was at Odawa Casino in Petoskey from 2 pm to 5 pm on May 29th. The person was at Pine Squirrel Bar and Grill in Gaylor from 5 pm to 7 pm and then at Pual’s Pub between 7 pm and 9 pm.