EAST LANSING, Mich. – Health officials have now linked 65 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to The outbreak at a bar in East Lansing.
On Tuesday, a notice was issued that 14 people who went to Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing he had tested positive for the coronavirus. At the end of the day, the number increased to 18. It increased to 51 on Thursday nightand 14 additional cases were confirmed on Friday afternoon.
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As of Friday afternoon, there are now 65 positive cases of coronavirus related to the Harper outbreak, including 63 in people who were actually at the bar.
The Ingham County Health Department said two people who did not go to Harper’s tested positive and probably contracted the virus from someone who was at the bar.
Of the 63 main cases, 44 are Ingham County residents, health officials said.
The date range of the 51 positive individuals is from 16 to 28 years. None of them has been hospitalized and 17 are asymptomatic.
Bars and restaurants in Michigan they were allowed to reopen on June 8 with regulations designed to prevent spread of the coronavirus.
Patients who tested positive at Harper’s were at the bar between June 12-20. Health officials said that anyone who has visited the bar during that time period should be screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms can develop up to 14 days after exposure.
Health officials respond
“Anyone could have COVID-19,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “You never know because some people with coronaviruses are not yet sick and some people never have signs of the disease. We need people to treat every person they meet as a potential company. That means wearing masks and staying six feet away from others. I strongly urge everyone to take precautions so that we can reduce infections and keep businesses open. “
Health department inspectors said Harper followed proper safety protocols. The bar voluntarily closed Monday to remove lines and modify its HVAC system, authorities said.
“We know that the virus can spread when people are very close to each other and do not wear face covers,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “These positive cases underscore the importance of personal responsibility among our students, teachers, and staff, and take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others from unnecessary transmission of COVID-19. This includes using a cloth face that covers public spaces and avoiding large gatherings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members of our Spartan community affected by this virus and we wish them a speedy recovery. We will continue to work in partnership with the health department to facilitate any necessary contact tracing and redouble our efforts to educate our community on the importance of preventive measures that we all must take. “
Anyone who wants to get a coronavirus test can call their doctor or visit a test site.
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