At least 107 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have been linked to a bar in Michigan.
Some 95 people who visited Harper’s Restaurant & Brewpub in East Lansing from June 12 to 20 were positive for COVID-19, the Ingham County Health Department announced on Monday.
According to a statement released by the ministry, 12 other people “who were in contact with a primary case but who did not go to Harper themselves” were also infected with the virus.
The increase in the number of outbreaks prompted the County of Ingham to issue “an emergency order reducing the capacity of restaurants to 50% or no more than 75 people, whichever is less.”
The bosses who tested positive for the coronavirus were between 16 and 28 years old.
None were hospitalized. Most had mild symptoms and 28 were asymptomatic. Forty percent were recent students or graduates from Michigan State University.
Ingham Country Health officials urged those who visited the site during the nine-day period to be tested for and quarantined for 14 days from the date of their last visit.
“There are probably more people infected with COVID-19 who have not yet been identified,” Ingham County health official Linda Vail warned last week when the number of cases epidemic was 34.
The 950-seat site reopened at 50% on June 8 and “was following proper security procedures for employees, restaurant capacity and table spacing,” according to ministry inspectors.
Harper’s announced its temporary closure – to modify its air conditioning system and further improve social distancing measures – via a long Facebook post on June 23.
“We tried to ask the customers in line to wear face covers and practice social distance through signs on the public sidewalk and with a banner on our railing,” wrote the place.
“Our line monitoring on our stairs was successful, but trying to get customers to follow our recommendations on the public sidewalk was difficult,” he added. “Because we do not have the power to control the lines on public property, we are left with the dilemma of staying open and letting this situation continue, or closing until we can develop a strategy that eliminates the lines completely. “
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