Warning: 4th Of July Sandbar Party On Torch Lake May Have Spread COVID

WWJ News
July 13, 2020 - 8:13 am

(WWJ) Health officials in northern Michigan are alerting people who attended a water party near Traverse City last weekend that they could have been exposed to the coronavirus. 

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan was told that several people at the Torch Lake sandbar tested positive for the virus. 

However, they were not able to give any specific information about who they were in contact with, so the Health Department put out an alert about the situation.  Health officials say anyone that is self-monitoring as a result of a potential exposure to the coronavirus should keep away from others as much as possible and limit travel.   

“This situation reminds us of how important it is to take precautions such as avoiding large gatherings whenever possible especially without social distancing and masking," said Lisa Peacock, Health Officer. "Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event and leaves our community at risk when close contacts are not able to be identified and alerted to quarantine. We can’t stress enough how that it is imperative that we each do our part to stay safe and stay open.”

Anyone who attended a Torch Lake Sandbar party over 4th of July weekend, to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if symptoms should develop or if you were at high risk for exposure due to being in close proximity with others or not wearing a cloth facial covering.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone that is self-monitoring as a result of a potential exposure to COVID-19 should keep away from others as much as possible and limit travel.

Anyone who has tested positive should not travel until they are released from isolation by the local health department. If you do choose to be tested, you should wait at least 5 days after exposure to do

so, and self-isolate until results have returned. If you have questions about testing or about your potential exposure, please call the health department at 1-800-432-4121.

Self-Monitoring includes:

• Monitoring for symptoms consistent with COVID-19 which include fever, cough, shortness of breath but also may include other symptoms such as fatigue, loss of taste and smell, and diarrhea.

• If you are self-monitoring and develop symptoms, you should call your primary care physician first for testing. If you do not have a primary care physician, please call the Health Department

of Northwest Michigan at 1-800-432-4121.

Any individual with mild symptoms of COVID-19 can and should get tested. Testing is also available for anyone who feels they need a test for other reasons. Please contact your primary care physician or call 1-800-432-4121 to request a test. If you need support during this time, call 211 for information regarding local resources.