Oakland County health officials say three people who were in a busy sports bar in downtown Royal Oak two weekends tested positive for coronavirus. All three went to the bar separately.

The county health department in a press release said anyone who was on Fifth Avenue on Friday June 19 should monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 due to potential exposure to the virus.

The county health department in a press release said whoever was at the Fifth Avenue bar in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 19 should monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 due to potential exposure to the virus. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

The three people who tested positive reported being at the sports and catering bar on the evening of June 19, according to a press release. They told health officials that they had no symptoms before June 19th.

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Health officials identified the potential exposure through case investigations conducted by the Oakland Country health division. All three positive tests reported to health officials that the bar at 215 W 5th St. was crowded that night.

The health division also claimed to have received calls from people reporting that Fifth Avenue was overcrowded.

“We are urging all of our businesses, especially crowded bars, to follow the governor’s orders and take the necessary steps to protect their workers and customers,” said Oakland County executive David Coulter. “We have made good progress in managing what is a highly contagious virus and we cannot go back at the moment. Social distances and facial coverage work and are central to our safe reopening strategies.”

The county health department in a press release said whoever was at the Fifth Avenue bar in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 19, should monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 due to potential exposure to the virus. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

The three who proved positive were at the bar at the bar separately, according to dr. Russell Faust, medical director of the Oakland County Healthcare Division. Faust said the only thing in common with the three was to be on Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak on the evening of June 19.

“We didn’t find any other common links between these 3 people. They weren’t at any house parties, they didn’t shop in the same grocery store, etc. Etc.”

No details on the age or gender of the people were provided.

The warning was issued because, Faust said, because there is no easy way to track down who was there, unlike a house party or job.

“Something like that in a crowded club, restaurant or bar there isn’t a list of names to contact,” said Faust. “We felt there were three positives that had the only thing in common that we could determine was their presence on Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak on June 19th evening and literally hundreds of potential exhibits for that date and place. We have thought it was better to inform people and that they should monitor the symptoms. “

Faust said anyone who has symptoms or concerns should be tested. Although there are no appointments for the same day, you can call ahead and make an appointment and get tested on the following day through the health department. You don’t have to have symptoms or need a prescription. The tests are free and the test sites are open Monday through Friday, he said. The exception is this Friday due to the July 4th holidays.

Faust’s concerns mainly concern the younger generations that many, he said, see COVID-19 as an illness or risk for an older person.

“We have been imprisoned for months,” he said. “Everyone has cabin fever and this is their opportunity to go out and see their friends. The problem is that, especially with younger generations, many of them tend to be complacent.”

Faust stressed that this disease can kill anyone and that there have been fatal accidents among people between the ages of 20 and even child deaths.

“This is not the time to be complacent as things reopen, this is the time to be vigilant,” he said. “This is not rocket science. We can stop it with two simple behaviors, social distancing and a face cover: a mask.”

Faust stressed that wearing a face mask and social withdrawal are easy things to do.

“These are inexpensive to do and don’t require expensive technology,” he said.

Washing your hands frequently, not touching your face, disinfecting and decontaminating the surface are all good things, Faust said.

“At least 90% of the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 is represented by these two simple behaviors. With face masks and social distance we can put an end to this,” said Faust.

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Overcrowded restaurants, no social distance between customers waiting to enter the factories, and sometimes inside, and customers avoiding masks have been a problem since bars and restaurants have been allowed to reopen on June 8.

More than one hundred COVID-19 cases have now been linked to East Lansing’s Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub, according to the Lansing State Journal. Among these 107 cases at least 30 are related to the Grosse Pointes.

The Free Press reported last week that restaurant owners in the Detroit subway claim to have difficulty overseeing the rules on the use of masks and social distances while trying to protect customers and staff. The public use of face masks – intended to curb the spread of the virus – has become a controversial and somewhat political issue across the country. President Donald Trump in particular refused to wear one.

Over the weekend a Mexican restaurant Dearborn Height decided to close its dining room after battling customers by giving verbal insults to staff and rejecting the mask while wearing requirements. The restaurant dining room is closed on Mondays, but they continue to offer carryovers and sidewalks.

The recent COVID-19 cases reported in restaurants and bars now open with limited capacity are making the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association (MRLA) nervous.

“I am concerned that the industry will take full responsibility for any broadcast for which it may have a small level of responsibility,” said Justin Winslow, president and CEO of MRLA. “I’m not sure you can locate a single place (linked to the exhibition), especially with most restaurants that do what they are asked to do and some go further.”

COVID-19 symptoms can start from 2-14 days after being exposed to the new coronavirus. Those with symptoms should contact their doctor or the Oakland County Healthcare Division. For information on COVID-19, visit www.oakgov.com/covid. You can also call the nurse on Call at 800-848-5533, 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 9 am to midday on Saturday, if you have any health-related questions.

You can also contact the COVID-19 support hotline at 248-858-1000 or send an email to hotline@oakgov.com.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • Muscle or body pain
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Burning throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea.

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