New Cases Of Coronavirus Tied To Fifth Avenue Royal Oak

WWJ News
June 30, 2020 - 7:41 am
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(WWJ) After more than 80 people contracted coronavirus after visiting Harper's in East Lansing, another hotspot is emerging: Three people tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Fifth Avenue Royal Oak.

All of the infected people reporting being there the night of June 19, and developing symptoms in the days afterward.

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"They say that it was a very busy night, it was crowded in the bar," WWJ's Mike Campbell reported of the two-story bar in downtown Royal Oak. 

The COVID-19 potential exposure was identified through investigation by the Oakland County Health Division. 

“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. “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.”

 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 COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community.

 “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.”

Experts say everyone who was at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak on the evening of June 19 should monitor for signs and symptoms.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Call your physician or the Health Division if you think you are developing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 described below.

 People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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

For more information on COVID-19 exposure or symptoms, visit or call Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon with health-related questions. For all other COVID-19 questions, contact the COVID-19 Help Hotline at 248-858-1000 or For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.