EAST LANSING, Mich. – Health officials are now reporting 85 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) related to an outbreak in an East Lansing bar as of Saturday.
On Tuesday, a notice was issued that 14 people who visited the restaurant between June 12 and 20 contracted the virus. Confirmed cases related to the outbreak site rose to 51 on Thursday and then to 65 on Friday.
Ingham County health officials say they expect the numbers of COVID-19 cases related to this outbreak to continue to rise.
People who visited Harper’s restaurant between June 12 and 20 are asked to quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms, which can develop up to 14 days after The exhibition.
Bars and restaurants in Michigan they were allowed to reopen on June 8 with regulations designed to prevent spread of the coronavirus.
As of Friday, the Ingham County Health Department said two people who didn’t go to Harper’s tested positive and probably contracted the virus from someone who was at the bar.
Authorities say there are no hospitalizations associated with this outbreak until Saturday.
Health officials respond
“Anyone could have COVID-19,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County Health Officer. “You never know why 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 about 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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