Washtenaw County COVID-19 outbreak infects 31 people, exposes 40

Posted at 3:22 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 15:22:58-05

(WXYZ) — The Washtenaw County Health Department is alerting the public to a possible COVID-19 exposure associated with the Ypsilanti Fraternal Order of Eagles #2250.

Multiple events and ongoing operations between Oct 31 and Nov 10 are associated with at least 31 confirmed cases and over 40 close contact exposures among staff, members, and guests.

Face coverings and social distance were reportedly inconsistently used or not used at all, the health department said, contributing to rapid spread of illness and the high number of exposures. The facility is cooperating with the Health Department investigation and is currently closed.

Anyone visiting the Ypsilanti Eagles #2250 between Oct 31 and Nov 10 should monitor themselves closely for any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home as much as possible, maintain distance from others, including those in your household, and wear a mask when around others for 14 days after their last visit to the club.

If you have symptoms, isolate at home away from others and seek testing. Additionally, since more than 5 days have passed since the last possible exposure at the facility, anyone who visited can seek COVID-19 testing. The club is located at 2935 Holmes Rd. in Ypsilanti.

The Health Department is also investigating the possibility that positive cases tied to the Eagles outbreak visited other local and regional establishments while infectious. Anyone recently visiting public locations or clubs without consistent use of face coverings, social distancing or with crowded or close conditions is encouraged to follow the guidance above and seek COVID-19 testing.

“This situation illustrates how quickly COVID-19 can spread and impact a large number of people, particularly when there are gatherings without good use of prevention measures like face coverings,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, health officer for Washtenaw County. “With our local cases at their highest levels since the pandemic began and hospitalizations increasing, we all must do everything we can to prevent additional spread. It’s up to us to work together to protect each other and our loved ones as well as our health care workers, public health workers and everyone serving and protecting the public.”

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