Several Individuals Testing Positive For COVID-19 After Attending Michigan Sandbar, Fourth Of July Party.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 11 million people, claiming more than 526,000 lives across the world. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Michigan has risen to 69,722 as of Monday, including 6,075 deaths, state officials report.
The Health Department of Northwest Michigan was notified of several individuals testing positive for COVID-19 after attending Torch Lake sandbar in Rapid City over the holiday.
Those testing positive were not able to offer identifying information for all potential contacts, officials said, expecting additional cases in the near future.
The health department advised anyone who attended the party to monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if symptoms develop. Those in close proximity with others were at high risk of exposure, as well as those who didn’t wear face masks.
“Face masks is essential and could help of reduce transmission of coronavirus in the community particularly if used in public transport and crowded areas,” says Ben Cowling, head of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong, BBC reported.
Lisa Peacock, health officer, in a news release said, “This situation reminds us of how important it is to take precautions such as avoiding large gatherings whenever possible especially without social distancing and masking.” “Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event and leaves our community at risk when close contacts are not able to be identified and alerted to quarantine.”
“We can’t stress enough how it is imperative that we each do our part to stay safe and stay open,” she said.
Last week, Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that her state may “dial back” its coronavirus reopening if the contagion’s resurgence continues.
“I want to reengage this economy more than anyone, but I’m not going to do it if it is too risky to do so,” she told CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning. “I’m not going to be bullied into moving before it’s safe, and if we have to move back, we’re gonna.”
“I’m not going to be bullied into moving before it’s safe, and if we have to move back, we’re going to [do that,]” @GovWhitmer says as Michigan revises its reopening plan amid a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.https://t.co/oWB2Xe2OJ2 pic.twitter.com/GMGKJnfZNQ
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