TRAVERSE CITY — The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare released COVID-19 nursing home data for the first time, information that shows one person at the state’s northernmost Regional Hub has died of the disease.

CMS data released Thursday shows one person died of COVID-19 at MediLodge on Lafranier Road the week of May 31.

A MediLodge receptionist referred questions to the company’s national spokesperson, Bill Gray, who had no comment when reached by telephone Friday.

The Grand Traverse County Health Department reports positive case numbers and deaths daily, includes data for county residents only, and the number of deaths has remained the same — 5 — since April 21.

Health Officer Wendy Hirschenberger confirmed Friday the death was not reported to the local health

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