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Ingham County health officials talk about coronavirus cases related to Harper restaurant

Lansing State Magazine

The Lansing-County Health Department announced on Monday that restaurants in Ingham County will be subject to stricter restrictions than other restaurants in Michigan due to a coronavirus outbreak in East Lansing Bar.

Regardless of size, the restaurant allows up to 75 customers at a time. All restaurants must only accommodate half of the normal capacity and can accommodate up to 75 customers.

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail said in a press release about the new restrictions: “A large number of people are difficult to control.” “By allowing no more than 75 people, restaurants and bars will be able to better communicate with society Isolate and use masks and face masks.

“I strongly encourage all bars and restaurants to strictly enforce security measures and do everything possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus in our community.”

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Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus on Sunday, June 28, 2020, Harper was shut down in East Lansing. (Photo: Robert Kilips | Lansing State Daily)

Weir said a “shocking” coronavirus outbreak at Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub in East Lansing caused a surge in local COVID-19 cases.

As of Monday afternoon, there were 107 COVID-19 cases related to the Harper outbreak, including Forced LeRoy’s Classic Bar and Grill to close south of Lansing.

At the same time, new cases in Ingham County have increased dramatically. Nearly 50 cases were reported over the weekend, resulting in 961 confirmed cases in the county.

Near the weekend, Eaton County and Clinton County received 11 and 6 new cases, respectively. Health officials say some of them are related to Harper.

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Harper’s outbreak mainly extended from southwestern Michigan to the lake [Michigan]”Weir said, including cases in the Detroit metropolitan area and Calhoun County.

The attention caused by the outbreak expanded further. National news outlets reported the story, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio quoted the story, which is why he may delay allowing meals in the city.

Weir said that although the epidemic was worrying, it reminded people to take COVID-19 seriously.

She said: “I think this kind of attention has made some young people have some’haha’ moments and made people generally go away,’We have not experienced it.’

Vail re-examined the rules for restaurants operating during the coronavirus pandemic-if there are no local restrictions, allowing restaurants to operate 50%-because of the Harper outbreak.

She said Harper would not be allowed to reopen until Ville gave explicit permission.

She said: “I need to make a plan for them.” “I need to know what they are doing. They need to be evaluated and they are not allowed to be open [until then]”.

In public health emergencies, county health officials have the right to make stricter regulations than the state.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer allowed restaurants in Michigan to reopen, but must take precautions, such as limiting capacity, requiring employees to wear masks and close self-service stations-starting June 8.

Whitmer spokesman Tiffany Brown said in an email that the governor’s team is tracking the number of cases and will adjust the dining rules accordingly. Owners and customers of bars and restaurants have a responsibility to act safely by keeping a distance from society, wearing masks and taking safety precautions.

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After the case was identified, health officials in Ingham County were contacting to track Harper’s outbreak. It is challenging because patients do not always know the identity of the people they approach when they are in the bar.

Compared with the early days of the pandemic, the health sector is now more capable of finding people, but this may not be enough to stop the virus from spreading as in March and April.

Ville said: “We are in another place. “This does not mean that we cannot go backwards immediately.

Contact Carol Thompson at ckthompson@lsj.com. Follow her on Twitter @thompsoncarolk. Journalist Ken Palmer contributed to this story.

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