3 Positive For Coronavirus After Visiting Popular Royal Oak Bar

Joey Oliver

OAKLAND COUNTY, MI — Three people who tested positive for the coronavirus reported being at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak during the night of June 19, prior to the start of symptoms, the Oakland County Health Department said Monday.

The potential coronavirus exposure was identified through case investigations conducted by the Oakland County Health Division. The three people reported crowded conditions at the sports bar.

"We are urging all of our businesses, especially the bars which are attracting crowds, to follow the governor's orders and take the necessary steps to protect their workers and customers," Oakland County Executive David Coulter said in a statement. "We have made good progress in managing what is a highly contagious virus and we can't backslide now. Social distancing and facial coverings work and they are critical to our safe re-opening strategies."

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread the coronavirus.

"The risk of COVID-19 exposure is heightened under crowded conditions, where social distancing cannot be achieved, said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer at Oakland County Health Division. "Restaurants, bars and nightclubs have been allowed to open with requirements to reduce their capacity to 50 percent of normal seating so that social distancing can be achieved."

The health department said anyone who was at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak on the evening of June 19 should monitor for signs and symptoms of the coronavirus. People with the virus have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the health department.

People with these symptoms may have the coronavirus:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Michigan has reported over 63,000 cases of the coronavirus as of Monday. Nearly 6,000 people in Michigan have died from the virus.

This article originally appeared on the Royal Oak Patch