At least 107 confirmed new cases of coronavirus have been linked to a bar in Michigan.
About 95 people who visited Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub in East Lansing from June 12 to 20 have now tested positive for COVID-19, Ingham County Health Department announced Monday.
Another 12 people “who were in contact with a primary case but didn’t turn to the Harpers themselves” were also infected with the virus, according to a statement released by the department.
Rising numbers since the outbreak prompted Ingham County to issue “an emergency order that reduces the restaurant̵
Clients who tested positive for coronavirus were between the ages of 16 and 28.
Nobody was hospitalized. Most showed mild symptoms and 28 were asymptomatic. 40% were Michigan State University students or recent graduates.
Ingham Country Health officials urged people who attended the site during the nine-day period to undergo the coronavirus and self-quarantine test for 14 days after the date of their last visit.
“There are likely to be more unidentified COVID-19 infected people,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County health agent, last week when the number of outbreak cases was 34 years old.
The 950 seat had reopened the capacity to 50% on June 8 and “following appropriate safety procedures relating to employees, restaurant capacity and table space,” according to department inspectors.
Harper announced his temporary shutdown – in order to modify his air conditioning system and further improve social removal measures – via a long Facebook post on June 23.
“We attempted to educate customers who waited in line to wear face coatings and to practice social removal through the signs on the public sidewalk and with a banner on our railing,” wrote the venue.
“Our oversight of the line on our stairs was successful, but trying to get customers to follow our advice on the public sidewalk was challenging,” he added. “Since we don’t have the authority to control the lines on public property, we still have the dilemma of staying open and letting this situation continue or closing until we can come up with a strategy that completely eliminates the lines.”
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