Published 6/26/2020 3:51pm Updated 7/17/2020 11:14am
More Than 174 Coronavirus Cases Now Connected to East Lansing Bar
Cases Now Spread Across 15 Counties
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UPDATE: The number of cases connected to the Harper's outbreak hit 174, Lansing City Pulse reported on July 8th. Officials with the Shiawassee County Health Department confirmed to Perry-Laingsburg Pulse and Integrity recently that at least two cases in Shiawassee County can be traced to Harper's. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has called in the establishment's owners to testify in a hearing about the outbreak. That hearing is scheduled for July 23rd.
An additional 51 cases of Coronavirus have been connected to an outbreak at Harper's Restaurant & Brew Pub in East Lansing since the first 14 cases were announced on Tuesday. That brings the total, to date, to 65.
Those numbers have contributed to higher statewide single-day increases over the past week as the United States has just this week seen its highest daily tally of new cases.
On Wednesday, across the country, more than 38,000 new cases were reported. The previous record single day total of 34,203 was set in April. Today, Michigan reported 389 new cases.
Ingham County health officials say only 44 of the 65 cases are Ingham County residents.
In its weekly report on Wednesday, Shiawassee County health officials said there were 245 positive cases and 26 deaths, but state data for Shiawassee County today indicates there are an additional 23 probable cases and an additional probable death, bringing the county total to 268 positive cases and 27 deaths.
It is not known if any Shiawassee County cases are connected to the outbreak at Harper's.
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None of the people who attended Harper's have been hospitalized and ten are reported as asymptomatic. Anyone that visited Harper's between June 12th and 20th is urged to be tested.
Governor Whitmer announced recently that she would hold on intentions to open the state up further. She previously indicated she would like to move all of the state to Phase 5 of the six-phase MI SAFE START plan by July 4th. That now seems less likely. All of lower Michigan remains in Phase 4.
Meanwhile, some other states are beginning to see dramatic increases in Coronavirus cases recently. Florida single-day cases topped 8,900 on Friday and Texas has closed down bars again, as that state's case count has begun to increase significantly lately.
LATEST STATE DATA: Clinton County 214 cases (170 confirmed, 44 probable), 12 deaths Eaton County 306 cases (232 confirmed, 74 probable), 7 deaths Ingham County 954 cases (913 confirmed, 41 probable), 29 deaths Shiawassee County 268 cases (245 confirmed, 23 probable), 27 deaths (26 confirmed, 1 probable) State of Michigan 69,329 cases (62,695 confirmed, 6,634 probable), 6,134 deaths (5,888 confirmed, 246 probable)