Fifth Avenue bar in Royal Oak is latest apparent Covid-spreader

June 30, 2020, 8:08 AM

Add another nightspot to an expanding list of apparent Covid transmission zones.

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Three weeks after Fifth Avenue Royal Oak reopened, The Detroit News reports:

Oakland County health officials are warning patrons ... that they may have been exposed to Covid-19 after three visitors there this month tested positive.

All three people reported being at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak, where they noted "crowded conditions" the evening of June 19 before symptoms started, the county health division said.

A county advisory suggests: "If you were at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak on the evening of June 19, you should monitor for signs and symptoms." 

The dance club and billiards hall on West 5th Street reopened June 8, the first day allowed. It apparently continues operating as it joins these spots in the news for a similar reason:

  • Grey Ghost restaurant in Detroit shut Saturday and Sunday for cleaning because a staff member tested positive for the lung virus.

  • A customer at Imperial restaurant in Ferndale says he tested positive after eating there last Thursday.

  • Three Grand Rapids restaurants have shut indefinitely after employees tested positive, MLive reported Sunday night.

  • In the most serious case, 107 pandemic cases now are linked to Harper's bar in East Lansing, which closed again June 22.

"The risk of COVID-19 exposure is heightened under crowded conditions, where social distancing cannot be achieved," Oakland County health officer Leigh-Anne Stafford says in Monday night's statement.

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