Oakland County health officials said three people tested positive for coronavirus in the crowded sports bar in downtown Royal Oak two weekends ago.

The three did not give in to each other. The only thing in common was that they were all on Fifth Avenue on the evening of Friday, June 19, the medical director of the county health department told Free Press.

The health department said in a press release that anyone on Fifth Avenue that day should monitor the signs and symptoms of COVID-1

9 because of possible exposure to the virus.

The county health department said in a press release that anyone on the Fifth Avenue Bar in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 19 should monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 because of possible exposure to the virus. (Photo: Kimberly Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

According to a press release, three people who tested positive said they were in the diet and sports bar on the evening of June 19. They told health officials that they had no symptoms before June 19.

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Health officials identified potential exposure through a case survey by the Auckland Rural Health Department. All three people who tested positive told health officials that bar at 215 West 5th Street was overcrowded that night.

The health department also said that they received a personal call saying that Fifth Avenue was overcrowded.

Anyone who could not be reached immediately for comment.

Oakland County Executive David Coulter said in a statement: “We urge all our businesses, especially bars that attract crowds, to comply with the governor’s order and take the necessary steps to protect workers and customers “We have made good progress in managing highly contagious viruses, and we can’t back down now. The job of alienating society and covering the face is critical to our safe reopening strategy.”

The county health department said in a press release that anyone on the Fifth Avenue Bar in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 19 should monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 because of possible exposure to the virus. (Photo: Kimberly Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)

Dr. Russell Foster, medical director of the Oakland County Health Bureau, said the three people who tested positive were in the bar on June 19.

“We found no other common connection between these three people. They did not attend any family gatherings, they did not shop at the same grocery store, etc.”

No detailed information about the individual’s age or gender was provided.

Foster said the warning was issued because there was no easy way to track people in the bar that night, unlike family gatherings or workplaces.

Faust said: “In crowded clubs, restaurants or bars, there is no such name to contact.” He said: “We think that there are only three things in common to determine, that is, they appeared on the evening of June 19 At Royal Oak Fifth Avenue, there are actually hundreds of potential touch points on that date and that location. We think it is best to inform people that they should monitor their symptoms. “

Faust said that anyone with symptoms or doubts should be examined. If there is no appointment for the day, you can call in advance to make an appointment and be checked by the health department the next day. You do not have to have symptoms or need a prescription. He said the test is free and the test site is open from Monday to Friday. The exception is this Friday because of the fourth holiday in July.

Faust’s concerns are especially directed at the younger generation. He said that many people see COVID-19 as a disease or risk for the elderly.

He said: “We have been in prison for several months.” “Everyone has a fever, this is their chance to go out and meet friends. The problem is, especially for young generations, many of them All complacent.”

Faust emphasized that this disease can kill anyone, and even babies die among people in their twenties.

He said: “As things start again, this is not a time for complacency, this is a time for vigilance.” “This is not rocket science. We can prevent this by two simple actions: social alienation and mask-mask .”

Faust emphasized that it is easy to wear masks and maintain social distance.

He said: “These methods are inexpensive and do not require expensive technology.”

Foster said that it is a good thing to wash your hands often, not touch your face, and disinfect and purify the surface.

Foster said: “At least 90% of the ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are these two simple actions. With masks and social isolation, we can stop this situation.”

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Since bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen on June 8th, restaurants have been overcrowded, and there is no social distance between customers waiting to enter the business premises, even inside, and customers who avoid open covers have become a problem.

According to the Lansing State Daily, there are now more than one hundred COVID-19 cases related to Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub in East Lansing. Of the 107 cases, at least 30 are related to Grosse Points. Health officials there limit the number of people in the restaurant to a maximum of 75.

Freedom News reported last week that restaurant owners in the Detroit Metropolis said that while they are working hard to protect the safety of customers and their employees, it is difficult for police supervision of mask wearing and social evacuation regulations. Wearing masks in public-designed to stop the spread of the virus-has become a controversial political issue nationwide. Especially President Donald Trump refused to wear a pair.

Last weekend, a Dearborn Height Mexican restaurant decided to close the restaurant after verbally insulting the staff and delaying the request to wear a mask. The dining room of the restaurant is closed on Monday, but they are still providing carryover and roadside.

The Michigan Hotel and Lodging Association (MRLA) nervously reported on the recent case of COVID-19, which has opened in restaurants and bars, and these restaurants now have limited capacity to open.

Justin Winslow, President and CEO of MRLA, said: “I am concerned that the industry will take any responsibility for the small amount of responsibility it may assume. “I am not sure if you can identify a place (related to exposure), Especially for most restaurants, what are their requirements, and some restaurants even exceed it. “

Symptoms of COVID-19 may begin within 2-14 days after exposure to the new coronavirus. Those with symptoms should contact their doctor or the Oakland County Health Department. For information about COVID-19, please visit www.oakgov.com/covid. You can also call 800-848-5533 from 8 am to 6 pm to call the nurse. If you have health-related problems, please use it from Monday to Friday and from 9 am to Saturday noon.

You can also contact the COVID-19 helpline at 248-858-1000, or send an email to hotline@oakgov.com.

The symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • New taste or odor loss
  • sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea.

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