East Lansing bar customers are recommended to be quarantined after 25 cases of coronavirus

EAST LANSING (WJRT) (06/24/2020) – Public health officials are urging customers who visited the East Lansing bar last week to self-quarantine after a coronavirus outbreak was linked to the establishment.

The Ingham County Health Department has linked 25 recently confirmed cases of coronavirus to Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub. Anyone who has been there from June 12 to 20 is asked to be quarantined for 14 days.

“Given the number of cases in this outbreak, we consider this to be a higher risk exposure than a typical visit to a restaurant or bar,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “There are likely to be more COVID-19 infected people yet to be identified.”

The 25 patients with the bar-related coronavirus are between the ages of 18 and 23 from Ingham and the surrounding counties. Most have mild symptoms, four have no symptoms, and none have been hospitalized.

Vail requested cooperation from Harper’s customers June 12-20 so that health officials can contain the outbreak.

“We need all the exposed to stay home,” he said.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer cited the Harper’s outbreak as one of the reasons why she is reluctant to move most of the Lower Peninsula to Phase 5 of her six-part MI Safe Start economic reopening plan.