A Michigan bar has been linked to at least 85 new coronavirus cases, since its June 8 reopening.
Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub voluntarily closed on June 22 to add air purifying to its HVAC system and address social distancing guidelines. Health inspectors found that the bar was “following appropriate safety procedures related to employees, restaurant capacity and table spacing,” according to NBC.
Still, one day later, the Ingham County Health Department announced 14 people who visited the bar tested positive for the virus.
On June 24, 34 people tested positive for coronavirus, four of which were asymptomatic. By Saturday, 85 people who visited the East Lansing barbetween June 12 and 20, or people who came in contact with people who attended the bar, tested positive for the coronavirus.
Now, the health department is asking anyone who visited the bar to self-quarantine for 14-days.
”Given the number of cases in this outbreak, we consider this a higher risk exposure than a typical visit to a restaurant or bar,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “There are likely more people infected with COVID-19 not yet identified. We need help from people who went to Harper’s during the exposure dates so that we can contain the outbreak. We need everyone exposed to stay home.”