85 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed amidst the Harper outbreak

Henrietta Brewer
July 1, 2020

With 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19 all coming from Harper's a popular bar in Downtown East Lansing some of those cases made its way out to other cities in MI one MSU student says.

Now, the health department is asking anyone who visited the bar to self-quarantine for 14-days.

The popular Michigan State University hangout, Harper's, has been identified as one of the largest hotspots for COVID-19 spread in the state of Michigan.

According to the Detroit Free Press, one of the patrons of Harper's from the Gross Pointe Woods area in southeast MI returned home unaware they had contracted the virus at the bar and then held a large party at their home, resulting in a spike of positive tests in the area.

"The bar attempted to tell customers waiting in line "to wear face coverings and practice social distancing" by posting signs on the sidewalk", according to the post.

Vail said business owners need to help enforce the rules to contain an outbreak.

Everyone who tested positive for the virus after visiting the bar are between the ages of 18 and 23, officials said.

The bar followed employee safety guidelines, capacity guidelines and table spacing, Harper & # 39; s Restaurant & Brew Pub said in a June 22 statement on Facebook. "We need everyone exposed to stay home".

The bar opted to close down temporarily to install air purifiers and to eliminate lines, according to the statement.

In several MI counties, employees are pushing for businesses to close again.

Of the 929 cases now reported in Ingham County, 25% are among ages 20-29, up from 22% reported on June 5.

She also says moving forward people shouldn't worry about going to Downtown East Lansing.

Illinois Department of Public Health officials announced 593 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Other cities and states are using the new growth in cases to keep bars and restaurants closed or restricted. Sunday's total was 63,261 confirmed cases and 5,911 deaths.

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