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Harper's COVID-19 cases spread to Grosse Pointe

 With 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases all coming from Harper's a popular bar in Downtown East Lansing some of those cases have made its way out to other cities in Michigan on MSU student says. (Source WILX)
With 85 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases all coming from Harper's a popular bar in Downtown East Lansing some of those cases have made its way out to other cities in Michigan on MSU student says. (Source WILX) (WILX)
Published: Jun. 28, 2020 at 7:10 PM EDT
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With 88 confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases stemming from Harper's, some of the cases have made way to the eastern part of Michigan, according to a Michigan State student who tested positive from the bar outbreak.

The individual who was at Harper's between the time of the outbreak spoke on the condition of anonmyintiy. He says people from the Grosse Pointe area have tested positive with no symptoms.

The student said that he wasn't surprised this happened.

"Most of us in East Lansing commute from home and back, since there isn't much else to do," he said. "I think it just goes to show that if you're willingly participating in high-risk activities, like going to a packed bar, you need to also be aware of the risk you're bringing to other communities you visit."

Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail says this is something the department was worried about.

"The multitude of people who were exposed and have become sick at Harper's are now going to create, you know, other spot outbreaks," said Vail.

Vail hopes Ingham County can continue to test and contact trace the cases.

She also says moving forward people shouldn't worry about going to Downtown East Lansing.

"It's the people that have the virus, not the building, there's nothing scary about being near that building. The other businesses, though, I think to sway those concerns really need to seriously consider denying entry for people who don't wear masks," said Vail.

Owner Jake Hawley of Barrio, a restaurant across the street from Harper's in Downtown East Lansing, told News 10 they took immediate action when they heard about the outbreak.

"We closed Thursday to get all of our staff tested. We were pretty strict, you know, going into all this. the only thing we're requiring that's different is masks for anyone who's in line," said Hawley.

Barrio reopened on Sunday. Hawley says all his employees have tested negative for COVID-19.

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