The number of cases of the coronavirus associated with Harper’s restaurant and pub in East Lansing, continues to grow.
As of Friday, 158 people in 15 districts across the state were infected, said the Ingham health officer Linda vail.
Cases Harper has already been registered in Ingham, Wayne, Oakland, Clinton, St. Clair, Isabella, Macomb, Livingston, Ottawa, Eaton, Shiawassee, Kalamazoo, Manistee, Berrien, and Calhoun counties.
“It’s a young crowd,” said vail. The restaurant “Harper & brew pub is a very popular College student hang out in East Lansing. “The reason why people from all over the state were there because they were friends of Michigan state University.
“They Michigan State University students who are home for the summer, and, when the bars and restaurants, decided to return to the city to visit with friends that still live here and go to Harper.
“Some of them are permanent residents of other countries who are still here and not gone home from the summer.”
Vail described the conditions in “the harpers” in those eight days in June as a perfect viral storm.
Even though the brew pub limited up to 45% of their normal crowd, and the tables were at least six feet from each other, were still as many as 225 people inside.
“When they wanted to get to the tank … lined up in the open air,” vail said, adding that many in the queue not to wear masks or stay 6 feet from each other. “And as people left they let more people. There were hundreds per night.
“Some of them is repeated. Just so you know, the next night, it was not necessarily hundreds of completely different people. Sometimes there were people that returned for a few nights.”
Photos and videos are screened those inside danced, sang and shouted.
Many do not wear masks, potentially spewing invisible particles of the coronavirus to other in the crowd. Many also watched 6-foot social distancing, she said.
“When you add the fact that there was a DJ playing and that makes it loud that makes people scream,” said vail.
“And so even that 6-foot distance is no longer safe, because we are now propelling droplets or aerosols. This is how to sing, to shout, to work anything that will force your breath to push further, now creates 6-foot safe zone, but the corresponding distance.
“Those are the things that went wrong.”
About a dozen employees of Harper may be a virus, vail said.
And 24 people from 152 confirmed cases COVID-19 associated with Harper went to the brew pub, but had been infected by those who did.
Secondary infection in Oakland, Wayne, Eaton, Shiawassee and Calhoun counties, vail said.
The average age of infected persons impact on Harper 21.2, according to the County health Department Ingham, published on Wednesday. But those who went to the bar, but had been infected by those who range in age from 16-63.
Dr. Russell Faust, medical Director of the health Department Oakland County said 11 cases related to Harper was registered in the Auckland district, although he could not say exactly what community.
Wayne County public health Department reported eight cases among people aged 19-21 who are associated with outbreaks of Harper, including:
1 case in Grosse Pointe Park
3 cases in Grosse Pointe
2 cases in northville
1 case in Canton
1 case in Dearborn
“My concern is with people from a relatively younger generation, who in these clubs. And now there are reports about the young generation holding coronavirus sides,” said Faust, where they intentionally try to get infected with a virus.
Although young people who contract COVID-19, tend to have more lung disease than those who are older, “the view that it is a disease of the elderly or the mortality risk of the elderly is nonsense,” said Faust.
“At the national level, we had a death in infancy. And here, in Oakland County, we had deaths of people in their 20s. Too much.
“It’s a myth. It is a misconception to say that these children are safe. If they go to a bar or club and get COVID-19, they are not always safe. This is a bad virus. He freely and easily transmitted and is potentially lethal.”
So far none of the cases associated with Harper was hospitalized and died, vail said. But she’s also concerned that young people do not take seriously the risks.
“You can have a good friend who have juvenile diabetes and you don’t even know about it and now you demonstrate that a person who has a serious underlying condition that makes them at a very high risk”, she said.
“They should not make the approximate assumption that their risk and that may or may not happen to them. They should know that these preventive measures are important for them, as for everyone else.
“And they also have to think not only about themselves, but they were going to put a parent who may have high blood pressure and diabetes, and cardiovascular disease? … What about the grandparents? And colleagues who are in different age groups that they will take the risk? They need to take care of themselves, but they also need to be concerned about the people that they endanger.”
The Ingham County Department of health encourages anyone who went to Harper’s between 12-20 June in quarantine for 14 days and believe that testing for coronavirus.
And now, Harper remains closed, vail said.
“They closed before we even had the opportunity to do a thorough investigation,” she said. “… We keep them closed, until we see the plan they have, as they re-open, and we see all the relative things, the orders require mostly implemented.”
In anticipation of the weekend, health officials say they are concerned that the number of cases will continue to grow in the state among those who ignore the recommendations to slow the spread of the virus.
“It’s not rocket science,” says Faust. “We can stop it. Social distance and to wear a mask. … I understand. It’s uncomfortable. But better safe than dead.”
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