The number of confirmed coronavirus cases linked to a popular Michigan bar have climbed to 85, according to reports.
Local health officials are now advising those who visited Harper’s Restaurant and Brew Pub, near Michigan State University campus in Lansing, between June 12 and 22, to self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested for COVID-19.
“There are currently 85 Harper-related cases,” the Ingham County health department said on Facebook on Saturday.
Eighty of the cases concern people who visited the bar and who then tested positive, WLIX-TV reported. Most people who have been infected have had mild symptoms. At least 10 were asymptomatic.
Masked students could be seen in social media photos gathered on a line to enter Harper’s after the bar reopened on June 12, when Michigan eased restrictions on the coronaviruses that had closed bars and restaurants for three months.
The company closed again on June 22, shortly after two people tested positive for the coronavirus, the station reported.
The bar owners plan to install a new heating and cooling system and an app to help manage the sidewalk line and control crowds, the station reported.
the Detroit Free Press reported Sunday that 30 new cases of COVID-19 100 miles away in rich Grosse Pointe were linked to the Harper epidemic.
According to the newspaper, a person who went to Harper’s house and was infected contacted a friend who organized a huge house party at Grosse Pointe Woods, where dozens of friends party without mask and without social distancing.
This host was symptomatic at the party and got sicker over the weekend before being tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The next day, he shared that he was positive, the newspaper said.
“I am so frustrated,” said the mother of a 19-year-old girl who tested positive after attending a bonfire with friends at Grosse Pointe. The bonfire participants had been exposed to students who were at Harper’s.
“I am so sad. We stayed at home as we ordered, then we let our guard down – and now this,” the woman told the newspaper.