EAST LANSING, Mich. – Health officials have now linked 51 cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) to the epidemic at a bar in East Lansing.
On Tuesday, a notice was issued that 14 people who surrendered Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in East Lansing tested positive for coronavirus. By the end of the day, the number had risen to 18. By Thursday morning, it had risen to 43.
As of Thursday evening, there are now 51 positive coronavirus cases linked to the Harper epidemic, including 49 in people who were actually at the bar.
The Ingham County Health Department said two people who didn’t go to Harper’s house tested positive and probably got the virus from someone who was at the bar.
Of the 51 cases in total, 37 are residents of Ingham County, health officials said.
The date range for the 51 positive individuals is 16 to 28 years old. None of them were hospitalized and 10 are asymptomatic.
Patients who tested positive for Harper were at the bar between June 12 and June 20. Health officials have said that anyone who visited the bar during this time should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms can develop up to 14 days after exposure.
Health officials respond
“Anyone could have COVID-19,” said Linda S. Vail, Ingham County health manager. “You never know because some people with coronavirus are not yet sick, and some people never have signs of the disease. We need people to treat everyone they meet as a potential carrier. This means wearing masks and standing six feet from others. I urge everyone to take precautions so that we can reduce infections and keep businesses open. “
Health department inspectors said Harper had followed proper safety protocols. The bar closed voluntarily on Monday to eliminate the lines and modify its HVAC system, officials said.
“We know that the virus can spread when people are close to each other and are not wearing face covers,” said MSU president Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “These positive cases highlight the importance of the personal responsibility of our students, teachers and staff, and of taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others from the unnecessary transmission of COVID-19. This includes wearing a cloth face covering in public spaces and avoiding large gatherings. Our thoughts and prayers are with 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 to redouble our efforts to educate our community on the importance of the preventive measures that we should all take. “
Anyone hoping to get tested for coronavirus can call their doctor or visit a test site.
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