As Harpers outbreak reaches 107 COVID-19 cases, Ingham County further restricts restaurants to 75 patrons – Lansing State Journal

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Ingham County Health Officer speaks about coronavirus cases connected to Harpers Restaurant

All restaurants need to continue to seat just half their typical capacity, up to 75 patrons. “By allowing no more than 75 individuals, restaurants and bars will be much better able to impose social distancing and the usage of masks and face coverings.” I strongly motivate all dining establishments and bars to strictly impose security steps and to do all they can to assist stop the spread of coronavirus in our community. As of Monday afternoon, 107 COVID-19 cases are connected to the Harpers outbreak, consisting of one that forced LeRoys Classic Bar and Grill to close in south Lansing.Meanwhile, Ingham County is seeing a remarkable increase in new cases. The onus is on bar and dining establishment owners and customers to act safely by social distancing, taking and wearing masks safety precautions.Shutdowns: Restaurant shutdowns and Harpers outbreak shed light on COVID-19 protocolsMandatory masks: Michigan State makes masks mandatory on campusIngham County health officials are contact tracing the Harpers break out as cases are identified.

Lansing State Journal) An “disconcerting” coronavirus outbreak at Harpers Restaurant and Brewpub in East Lansing caused regional cases of COVID-19 to increase, Vail said. As of Monday afternoon, 107 COVID-19 cases are connected to the Harpers break out, consisting of one that required LeRoys Classic Bar and Grill to close in south Lansing.Meanwhile, Ingham County is seeing a significant boost in new cases. Almost 50 were reported over the weekend, putting the county at 961 validated cases.Nearby Eaton and Clinton counties saw 11 and 6 new cases over the weekend, respectively. Some are linked to Harpers, health authorities stated. More: Ingham County sees highest ever day-to-day increase in COVID-19 casesThe Harpers outbreak extends ” basically from southwest Michigan to the Lake [Michigan],” Vail stated, including cases in metro-Detroit and Calhoun County.The attention gathered by the break out stretched even further. National news outlets got the story and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned it as a reason he may postpone allowing indoor dining in the city.Although the outbreak is uncomfortable, the attention functions as a reminder to take COVID-19 seriously, Vail stated.” The attention I think is triggering some youths to have some a-ha minutes and is causing people in general to go, were not through this,” she said.Vail re-examined the guidelines for restaurants operating throughout the coronavirus pandemic — which, if there is no local limitation, permit dining establishments to open with 50% — because of the Harpers outbreak.Harpers will not be permitted to reopen until Vail offers specific approval, she said. ” I need to see a prepare for them,” she stated. “I require to know what theyre doing. They require to have an examination and they are not enabled to open [until then]” County health officers have the authority to impose more stringent rules than the state during public health emergencies. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allowed Michigan dining establishments to reopen with precautions — like limiting capacity, requiring personnel to wear masks and closing self-serve stations — beginning June 8. In an e-mail, Whitmer representative Tiffany Brown stated the governors team is tracking case numbers and will adjust rules about dining accordingly. The onus is on bar and dining establishment owners and customers to act safely by social distancing, taking and using masks security precautions.Shutdowns: Restaurant shutdowns and Harpers break out clarified COVID-19 protocolsMandatory masks: Michigan State makes masks mandatory on campusIngham County health authorities are contact tracing the Harpers break out as cases are determined. It has been challenging due to the fact that patients dont constantly know the identity of individuals they were close to while at the bar.The health department is much better geared up to discover individuals now than it was early in the pandemic, but that might not suffice to stop the infection from spreading out like it performed in March and April.” Were in a various location,” Vail stated. “That does not mean that we cant instantly go back down the other method.” Contact Carol Thompson at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @thompsoncarolk. Press reporter Ken Palmer contributed to this story.Read or Share this story: https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/2020/06/29/ingham-county-limits-restaurants-75-patrons-harpers-outbreak-covid-19-coronavirus-michigan/3281300001/