Michigan’s newest headache: Young adults are driving coronavirus growth

Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub in Lambertville closed down for five days after a young employee apparently brought back the COVID-19 virus from Arizona. It also hired a firm to do a two-day deep cleaning. (Bridge photo by Robin Erb)

Set free from quarantine and returning to bars or summer parties, young people now fuel the upswing in Michigan’s COVID-19 cases, prompting tough decisions and extra work in industries that employ young adults as well as those that serve them.

People under 40 now make up more than half of all new cases in recent weeks in Michigan — roughly double what was seen before June. And the fastest growing segment are people between 20 and 29.


Health officials said they think they know why: These twenty-somethings were being social this summer, but not necessarily distant. After parties and the bar hopping in recent weeks came a wave of positive tests.

“We saw it — tables being pulled together, people standing in line not social-distancing or wearing masks,” said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, referring to the investigation at Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub in East Lansing, to which at least 170 cases have been tracked

Young people, Sutfin said, are doing what young people do: “eating and drinking and (losing) inhibitions,” a nightmare scenario for public health experts, as recently played out in television and social media posts showing raucous beach party scenes in Michigan.  

Now, as the shifting demographics become clear, employers worry about the impact on their businesses while others, like university faculty, fear sharing a classroom or office hours with students a night after a big party.


“It’s an absolute concern,” said Kevin Evans, executive director of the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility, a nursing home in Macomb County  which regularly tests employees, some of whom are young.

“You keep educating and you keep educating: ‘What you do (in your personal lives) affects the residents here,’” Evans said. “But you only need one or two people who say ‘Oh, it’s not really a thing.’”

At Central Michigan University, a survey of nearly 400 faculty found that over a third would prefer to avoid face-to-face teaching this fall, said Matt Johnson, head of the union that represents faculty members.

“We know what’s coming,” Johnson said. “We see the writing on the wall.”.

Sidelines Sports Eatery and Pub in Lambertville was applauded on social media for closing down after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. (Bridge photo by Robin Erb)

A dramatic shift in who is testing positive 

As the coronavirus has swept across Southern states, the national average age those who are infected fell by about 15 years compared to the height of the pandemic just months ago, according to Anthony Fauci, White House Health Advisor.

That same trend has hit Michigan, though case counts — while on the rise — have remained relatively low compared to March and April, when the state had some of the highest case counts and deaths in the country.

Through June 5, people under 30 years old made up just under 16 percent of all Michigan cases. Since then, they comprise 37 percent of infections  — and over 60 percent of cases in the last 10 days. 

But without the ability to dictate what employees do when they’re not at work, employers are left to hope for the best. They can tell employees to avoid bars, wear masks and be smart about the virus. 

And if they don’t listen? “You could have a business where an employee shuts down your business,” said Keith Allard, who owns the Wikiwiki Poke Shop restaurant in Grand Rapids.

Allard said employers are constantly talking about the inability to find workers — but also the fear that the ones you do hire might not take the same precautions as their employers.

“It was stunning in Grand Rapids last week. Every other day a bar was closing,” he said.

Casting a wary eye on college students 

On July 1, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered bars in most of lower Michigan to close again, a move taken in Florida and Texas as case counts soared in those states, largely driven by younger people.

Even before Whitmer’s order, at least six Grand Rapids bars or restaurants announced they were closing at least temporarily because of the virus.

On college campuses, administrators are crafting plans to resume classes in the fall, and every public university in the state has said it intends to allow at least some face-to-face instruction when students return.

“Certainly the trend is of great interest to university leaders, and I’m sure they are factoring this into their plans for the fall semester,” said Dan Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities.

At CMU, Johnson, the faculty union head, said administrators are identifying classrooms that can accommodate students in a socially distant manner. He said he’s been assigned a room that can handle 14 students in a class that has a capacity for 50.

That will mean students will have to rotate who attends class in-person and may only be at class seven times in a given course.

But for some faculty, even once is too many, Johnson said. “We have a lot of faculty that are really fearful,” Johnson said.

A changed caseload

Statistically speaking, a coronavirus caseload that skews younger brings with it good news.

Even as the state has seen an overall increase in recent cases (though well below the levels seen in March, April and May,) the number of COVID-19 deaths continues to fall.

On Sunday, the state recorded no deaths at all.

Improved hospital treatments — the use of steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs, among them — have undoubtedly played a role.

But age likely is critical, too. Overall, less than 1 percent of Michigan deaths (59 of just over 6,000 deaths) are people under 40, even though this age group represents over half the population.

Young people have proven more resilient, being hospitalized far less frequently and comprising few deaths. 

What worries health officials is their potential role in, as Fauci said, “propagating the outbreak.” That’s the same fear held by college professors, Johnson said, many of whom are older.

“Think about the parents they live with who are in their 40s with diabetes” that makes them more vulnerable to the virus, said Linda Vail, the Ingham County Health Officer.

Subhead: A trip to Arizona. What could go wrong? 

Just north of the Ohio state line in southeast Michigan, Sidelines Sports Eatery & Pub saw first-hand how a single worker can convulse a business, if only temporarily.

On June 27, a worker in her early 20s had just visited a friend in Arizona who had tested positive for COVID-19, according to general manager Jennifer Pokrywki. 

The employee was immediately sent home and taken off the work  schedule. When the worker’s test results came back positive Tuesday, the restaurant took to its Facebook page at 12:08 p.m, announcing it would close temporarily to “keep our staff, customers, and families involved safe.” 

It’s a step several commenters applauded, thanking the restaurant for its “transparency.” It remained closed over the holiday weekend and hired an outside firm to do a two-day deep cleaning of the restaurant, Pokrywki said.

Any thought of keeping the restaurant open was short-lived, and peace of mind trumped lost business over holiday weekend, she said Tuesday from the restaurant, where sanitizing buckets sat near the bar and register.  

“You worry about your business, about staying viable and about paying bills, but you also have to think about what’s ethical and moral and keep the community safe,” Pokrywki said.

At the Berry nursing home in Macomb County, Evans said managers try to make sure employees stay safe on the job — and off it.

But he said that even routine, once-weekly testing among employees falls short of detecting infections fast enough.

“I just got a (positive) test back from nine days ago of an asymptomatic staff member,” he said.

The staff person, whom Evans believes is in their late 20s, had recently attended a family reunion — the possible source of the infection

Amber Horton, regional manager of 74 Learning Care Group day care centers in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, said her company  asks, but doesn’t require, employees to self-quarantine for two weeks if they travel to areas with COVID-19 outbreaks.

“We can’t control what they do outside of work,” she said.

On Monday, Horton held a conference call with the centers to reinforce strict cleaning, hand-washing and masking protocols. 

“I don’t believe we could or would” tell employees what they can do on their personal time,” she said. “But we can do what we can inside our walls.”

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Tue, 07/07/2020 - 8:27pm

None of this comes as a surprise. Low death rates? Let's wait and see. That's what they thought in Florida, Texas, Arizona.

Boycott Bdubbs
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:00pm

All the more reason to keep businesses closed. My friends went to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings because they have outdoor seating. After they ate their food, they were mortified to see the cooks weren't wearing masks. The management said masks aren't necessary for the cooks because cooking the food kills the virus! OSHA requires cooks to wear masks, but the rules seem to vary from state to state. I can't find the rules for Michigan, but can't believe masks are optional. Restaurant workers have been saying they fear customers not taking precautions, yet cooks aren't???? If it's too hot in the kitchen, turn up the AC, but don't lead people to think you are taking precautions when you aren't. Most people order take out with curbside delivery and don't know if the cooks wear masks. I'm livid and will not eat out until there is a vaccine. How can I find out the rules for Michigan?

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:48pm

So here's an idea. Don't eat out. See how easy that was?

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:02am

That's the whole point of a "boycott", not enriching businesses that are acting inappropriately AND encouraging others to also not patronize those businesses. The purpose is to force the businesses economically to do the right thing.

See how easy that works?

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:03pm

Yeah, give them the Goya treatment!

Michelle R
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 5:15pm

I'm not surprised. Must be corporate wide, check out this:

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar; inspector says, “Employee not wearing mask over mouth and nose in kitchen”

Yes, I will boycott bdubs and encourage friends to do the same. Stopped shopping at Walmart because bad corporate mask enforcement.

Is it any wonder cases and deaths are going up in Ohio? Warning, read this only if you have a strong constitution, gross food safety rules:
Health department: Food workers not required to wear masks

We can make a difference with our discretionary spending. Look at Facebook scrambling to get back ad revenue.

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 9:02pm

Just wait until school is back in session.

Trust Gretchen!
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:04am

Schools will not open.

"As a parent, as a governor, I want to get our kids back in in-person instruction," Whitmer told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "But we can't do it if it's not safe to. That's why the actions today really matter."

The country needs to do better with "fundamentals," including mask wearing, testing supplies and tracing the contacts of those who test positive for COVID-19, she said.

"I am not sending kids and our education workforce into our schools unless it's safe," Whitmer added during the interview. "It's that simple."

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:17am

This is totally irrelevant. None of these people are at any risk. If you are afraid of the corona flu, then hide in your house and don't come out. We are done with the shutdown and socialist distancing and any future "orders" will be ignored.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:23am

Those people may not be at risk but they carry the virus and pass it on to those that do have a poor immune system.
I'm sure you refuse to wear a mask in public as well.
I have asthma and wear a mask for YOUR safety as well as others around me. I'm not going to hide in my house but I shouldn't have to deal with ignorant people that can't follow simple rules!

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 1:45pm

My 3 children all have asthma and I don't have them in masks. Why? Because restricting their oxygen in any way is endangering them more than Covid19. It's foolish for an asthmatic to wear a mask. The CDC even says for those with breathing problems to refrain from wearing a mask. 5 to 20% reduction in oxygen is not healthy for anyone.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 3:31pm

A lightweight mask doesn't do that. A relative has advanced COPD. She wears a mask. It doesn't impede her oxygen levels, which she monitors. The CDC's no-mask guidance is far more narrow than you think.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:03pm

That's only if they are having an attack. Otherwise they are safer wearing a mask.

I call BS
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:07pm

So surgeons shouldn't wear masks when they do surgery? Good Lord, do you think they would be wearing tight-fitting surgical masks if it impeded their ability to do their work and save lives? You are just spreading lies.

middle of the mit
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:55pm

I doubt you would think that if one of your children caught the virus. You could always use a bandana for them. It wouldn't restrict breathing but would be better protection than nothing.

Please keep them home as much as possible.

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:37pm

This isn’t the flu and young people can get severely ill and die from covid 19. Stop spreading incorrect information. It’s unfortunate that people can’t make even small sacrifices for the good of all people.

James Roberts
Fri, 07/10/2020 - 9:31pm

Using the articles 59 deaths vs 5 million under 40 in Michigan that means your odds of dying are just .0000118 percent. Pretty sure the young know their odds are next to nothing. Doesn't stop them from drinking and driving, drug use, or even smoking. Is their attitude going to effect the older at risk, yep, so I don't go to the beach, eat at a restaurant or hang around them. Let them pick up the slack while the rest of us cower.

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 1:00pm

The biggest scam in human history. I can't believe anyone is still buying this?

Marlene Augst
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:43am

Hospitalizations are down, THAT is what should be reported. Also it's my understanding the negative rate is at 93%. So not only is the ASYMPTOMATIC rate OVER 82% and rising, but it appears the immune rate is quite high as well. When number of total deaths ytd is compared to last year's the increase was less than 60,000 people difference. Leading data to say the virus is not as deadly as originally believed either as it appears many of those who died probably would have anyway during that period.

Geoffrey Owen
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:34pm

Thank you Doctor Marlene. You are a truly amazing source of information. The negative tests should be above 90% to insure we are doing adequate testing. Asymptomatic numbers are alarming as these are the spreaders of the disease. Immune rate? Is there even such a thing? Your comments about the dead are sociopathic. The counted deaths are those with a test correlation. The number of dead not tested is a large concern. You sound like someone who feels safe from the disease on every level. Since you don't need a mask, would you please wear a sign so others can be alerted to your presence and avoid you at all cost?

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:09pm

Marly, where are your citations?

middle of the mit
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:47pm

Conservatives don't need citations or proof of what they claim. They are all experts at everything.

And this? [[[[ Leading data to say the virus is not as deadly as originally believed either as it appears many of those who died probably would have anyway during that period.]]]]

That is how they justify their apathy, indifference and hardheartedness.

Remember in November.

Just a Mom
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:15am

I know, it's crazy. I pray to God that all Republicans lose in November and for the next 100 years. I'm so tired of what they have done to our country and the world. We are the only country unprepared to hold in-person classes for students this fall.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 7:38am

My Gosh, Stop the Hysteria. This is a Good Thing. This is how a virus works as it weakens. More Infections, Less Hospitalizations, Less Death/Mortality Rates. CDC should be removing the Pandemic Designation any day now because we don't meet the criteria anymore. But, unfortunately, this is a Political issue.

Also, CDC Never Recommended Schools close per Dr. Redfield from the CDC. He said yesterday Children have a higher chance of contracting the Flue and other Viruses than the Coronavirus.

We need to Open Everything Up. Shake your Friends hands, don't wear a Mask as they do more harm than good especially for Children in School and for Workers at Employment.

Freedom Cures, Hysteria Controls and Kills.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 1:46pm

I think some of the comments here about not wearing masks and hysteria prove the point that humans are bad at math, bad at understanding risk and it is human nature to think of one's personal welfare before that of the community. This behavior argues that mitigation, aka lockdown, is coming again. The concept of herd immunity is relevant to the vaccination program, and for our grandchildren and great grandchildren, but for the first half of this decade, it isn't going to happen without tremendous loss of life, and possibly more importantly, prolonged disability in many younger people. The more we learn about COVID-19, the more we understand that this is a multisystem disease that can have profound effects on the brain, even in people who do not get severe pneumonia. My recommendation, do all we can as individuals, pressure our elected officials and public health community to fully support test and isolate, be willing to support mitigation before hospitals run out of ECMO circuits and obviously wear a face mask in enclosed public places. Masks, that are not made out of plastic bags, are not dangerous. CO2 freely diffuses out, and oxygen freely diffuses in through a two layer cotton mask. Wearing a mask in an enclosed public place says that you are willing to suffer some discomfort for the public good. Not wearing a mask in an enclosed public place says the opposite. Masks are hot, sweaty, fog glasses, pain to remember which one is clean and look stupid. Endotracheal tubes are worse.

Wear a Mask!
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:16pm

Amen. Take that Mark! I can't believe Mark thinks spreading the disease is a good thing. Only in America where we ARE the BIGGEST LOSERS do such ideas flourish, despite all evidence to the contrary. The ONLY reason why deaths are not increasing is because it is too soon, wait a week or two.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 3:35pm

As soon as you figure out grammar, I'll ditch my mask -- and shake your hand.

Skit Marx
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:22pm

Grammar police, citations, please!

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:19pm

Mark, that advice didn't work so well for the people of Flint when the GOP appointed a city manager who said to drink the water. Too much lead and legionnaire's disease.

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:18am

When Trump signals to change the CDC guidelines, Pence complies. It's not science, it's politics. Our children are just props like the Holy Bible held upside-down for the Trump photo op.

Metro Detroit
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 8:52pm

You know, you're exactly right. YOU absolutely should get out there and prove us all wrong! Be the leader in this movement! Everyone who thinks this is all inflated, government conspiracy, political control and fear mongering needs to make a stand and put their money where their mouths are. Hey, if all of you are right and walk away unscathed after six months of intense social interaction without any precautions? I'll bow down and gladly admit I was wrong.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 8:55am

This article should investigate the point at which we had enough testing resources in Michigan to test most everyone versus our initial practice of testing only those with active symptoms who were sick enough to present to urgent care and/or be hospitalized. I would suspect that plays a large role in seeing more young positives. They were likely sick before, they just weren't a priority to test until our initially limited testing capacity caught up. Using testing and cases to gauge this pandemic is very difficult as there are so many moving parts and variables to remember. We should stick to the harder statistics... hospitalizations and total deaths above average to measure our interventions. That's what truly measures how flat the curve is, and a bunch of sick young along with hospital capacity and low deaths is a perfectly fine outcome considering this virus spread the globe in months. You can't stop it, you can only hope to keep it from those most at risk of hospitalization and death.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:29pm

Opening the economy is recent and btw reckless. So things are only going to get worse.

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:45am

COVID-19 diagnostic test is different from an antibody test.

What tests are used to diagnose COVID-19?

The FDA approved two types of tests for diagnosing COVID-19 — molecular and antigen.

Molecular test. This test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Also called a PCR test, a health care worker collects fluid from a nasal or throat swab or from saliva. Results may be available in minutes if analyzed onsite or one to two days if sent to an outside lab. Molecular tests are considered very accurate when properly performed by a health care professional, but the rapid test appears to miss some cases. The FDA also approved certain COVID-19 at-home test kits, available only with doctor approval: A nasal swab kit and a saliva kit. The sample is mailed to a lab for testing. The FDA warns consumers against buying unapproved home tests, because they may be inaccurate and unsafe.

Antigen test. This newer COVID-19 test detects certain proteins that are part of the virus. Using a nasal or throat swab to get a fluid sample, antigen tests can produce results in minutes. Because these tests are faster and less expensive than molecular tests are, some experts consider antigen tests more practical to use for large numbers of people. A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate, but there's an increased chance of false negative results — meaning it's possible to be infected with the virus but have negative antigen test results. So antigen tests aren't as sensitive as molecular tests are. Depending on the situation, the doctor may recommend a molecular test to confirm a negative antigen test result.

But no COVID-19 test is 100% accurate. It's possible to test negative yet actually be infected (false-negative result). So it's vital to continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as social distancing, until further notice.


Diane J
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 8:58am

Because of people refusing to accept the seriousness of the pandemic either out of ignorance, politics or selfishness we will soon have another lockdown and economic devastation that is the direct result of this irresponsibility. Any complaints about the "inconvenience" should be directed to the mirror.

Word to Wise
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 8:59am

Trump says he will pressure governors to open schools. Just what we need as a final nail in our coffins.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 9:43am

I was in western Michigan over the 4th and people of ALL ages were not following protocol. The beach in Muskegon was absolutely jammed with people standing side by side in the water and on the sand. No masks. Gordon Food Service was busy and people stood in line without being 6’ apart and no masks on anyone, but three. Not one single employee was masked, including the manager who fumbled a lame excuse about trying to put one on “sometimes” when I confronted him about it. I’m proud to say I live In Rochester Hills, where social distancing and masks are the norm and our COVID -19 numbers have been consistently low throughout the pandemic.

Jay P
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:18pm

And...I was visiting the Rochester Hills, Lake Orion and Metamora areas on July 2/3 and witnessed just the opposite, Colleen, especially when the people were 20 to 40 years old.

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:35am

So based on what you both say, I can't wait to hear what the governor will propose. We need MORE of her strong leadership. The useless GOP legislature in Michigan needs to back off. The GOP is forcing increases infections with demands to open the economy too soon and undermining the governor's thoughtful leadership. How can the GOP complain when all their requests to date have been wrong?

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 9:54am

Sweden has about the same population as Michigan, They did not go into lock down--students went to school, people went to work. They protected their vulnerable and asked that people be RESPONSIBLE! We had a Governor making our rules. Bars were opened up before less risky businesses. Detroit area opened up the same time as the Thumb area.
Sweden had slightly the same number of positive cases and approximately 1000 fewer deaths. There is some proof that WE need to be RESPONSIBLE and teach our children the same.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:06am

Ah, no. Sweden is NOT a good example to follow, and their government is now admitting that their decisions were not good. From yesterday’s New York Times:
“LONDON — Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe, Sweden has captured international attention by conducting an unorthodox, open-air experiment. It has allowed the world to examine what happens in a pandemic when a government allows life to carry on largely unhindered.

This is what has happened: Not only have thousands more people died than in neighboring countries that imposed lockdowns, but Sweden’s economy has fared little better.

“They literally gained nothing,” said Jacob F. Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “It’s a self-inflicted wound, and they have no economic gains.”“

Whitmer has kept us on the correct path, painful as it is.
Or would you rather be like Arizona, Texas, and Florida, whose governors basically avoided locking down (until now) and requiring masks (until now.)? And their case and death rates have skyrocketed until specialty hospitals like Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have had to take on seriously ill COVID patients?
It just boggles the mind that people STILL insist that COVID-19 is mostly harmless and we should just party on and let nature take its course.
For God’s sake, read all kinds of news, and not just what Fox or your social media friends tell you! This IS serious, research is going on at a furious pace, and other people’s lives are not just a matter of what you personally feel like doing, or not.

middle of the mit
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:28am

Sweden Has Become the World’s Cautionary Tale


“This is what has happened: Not only have thousands more people died than in neighboring countries that imposed lockdowns, but Sweden’s economy has fared little better.”/////

Hmmmm. That's not the story today. And ......why are cases starting to rise in the Southern Republican States? Could it be that being responsible thing that conservatives think they don't have to do?

How can you complain because you wanted to be open and responsible like Sweden but then complain that the Governor opened Detroit and bars before you are now saying she should have? Should we have done what Sweden did, or should the Governor kept certain things locked down? Pick one and please stick with it.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 10:45am

Ok, the authors need to understand that many, MANY studies have been done on alcohol consumption and loss of inhibitions and it simply DOES NOT HAPPEN. These tests have been worldwide on large populations of people.
They had set up participants in a bar, and instead of giving them actual alcohol, they gave them drinks with 0 alcohol in them...ONLY IN AMERICA did any of the people in the studies "lose their inhibitions" after drinking these drinks. These people got into their cars and attempted to pull out of the parking lots - even hitting other vehicles in the lot! Many were exhibiting lewd sexual behavior publicly, picking fights with each other, and stumbling around giggling and acting like they had too much alcohol to drink.
The conclusion of the studies were that alcohol does NOT make you lose inhibitions--evidenced by the fact that none of the participants in other countries showed any effects of loss of inhibitions from drinking the placebo drinks!
So, they can't use "Oh, I killed grandma and grandpa, and half the neighborhood because I was drunk and lost my inhibitions" as a damn excuse. It's just excuses for their behaviors. Then, after they've made dozens of people who trusted them sick, they go on youtube and apologize, with the whole, "I just want to make something good come of this and warn young people that it CAN happen to you!"
...yeah...you're not a damn hero, you are the problem. GROW UP, and act like one. How are you gonna say sorry when someone DIES because of your selfish arrogance? It will be too late for apologies at that point. Do you actually even feel bad about what you did? Or are you just looking for yet another out for your self entitled behaviors?

Geoffrey Owen
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:25pm

The other thing people that age are not doing is reading Bridge.

C Lyell
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 12:30pm

Each county health department shows positive cases because maybe these kids had to have flu shots or got a cold that shows corona. Then, because of contact tracing there are the probable cases that are listed as positive too. Death rates are low - cases are inflated and fear is driving this into panic. Everyone needs to chill.

Too soon
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:54pm

Too early to see if death rates are in fact low or staying low. Younger adults are also getting COVID-19 and some are requiring hospitalization, even intensive care, not to mention some longterm health problems.

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:28am

C Lyell, you get the award for the most ignorant or misleading post of all time.

Tests for antibodies are completely different from tests for active cases. The rising positives cases are active cases, not previous infections.

Active cases test specifically for the COVID19 virus and have nothing to do with flu shots or colds that are related to the corona family.

No one should chill. Instead your extremely dangerous narrative must stop immediately. Please get the facts and spread the truth.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 1:39pm

I'm curious as to how many of the new positives wear masks normally but didn't at these bars/restaurants etc. But that would ruin the CDC and Health Dept. narrative so they'll never tell us.

Aiz Roll
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 4:49pm

Maybe because it's irrelevant and would be a waste of valuable time. Curiosity killed the cat. I don't think they have a narrative, just science, but hey conduct your own survey: surveymonkey.com
You're welcome!

middle of the mit
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 7:08pm

I don't think you thought that through all the way. How would it ruin the CDC and Health Dept narrative if these people wore masks normally, but then didn't in a COVID hot spot and they caught the virus when NOT wearing a mask?

Jim C
Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:00am

Thank you for your post showing Jen's flawed logic!

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 3:46pm

Not surprising ... Covid patients are no longer being put into nursing homes and senior care centers to infect the sick and elderly.

Just wondering
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 5:21pm

Wear are they being put, separated from their families in detention cages on the border?

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:51am

It's a national disgrace that our president still resists invoking the Defense Production Act that left our nursing homes so ill-equipped to fight this pandemic.

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:45am

What is sad is that you don't realize all that has gone on voluntarily now providing the US with ample supplies of ventilators, masks, gloves, and the PPE. And as for nursing homes being ill equipped, didn't it ever occur to you that having closets filled with non-used equipment waiting for the COVID virus to strike was a choice made by nursing home management, and state and local governments who did realize that N95 masks and ventilators do have a short shelf life if not used.

You're Joking?
Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:14pm

"What is sad is that you don't realize all that has gone on voluntarily now providing the US with ample supplies of ventilators, masks, gloves, and the PPE. " It wasn't/isn't enough. Throughout this pandemic, I have not been able to buy a can of Lysol, a basic disinfectant. The shelves are always bare, still today.


middle of the mit
Wed, 07/08/2020 - 7:30pm

Here it comes. The blaming of the employees for doing their job and being blamed for spreading the COVID on the job.

[[[But without the ability to dictate what employees do when they’re not at work, employers are left to hope for the best. They can tell employees to avoid bars, wear masks and be smart about the virus.

And if they don’t listen? “You could have a business where an employee shuts down your business,” said Keith Allard, who owns the Wikiwiki Poke Shop restaurant in Grand Rapids.

Allard said employers are constantly talking about the inability to find workers — but also the fear that the ones you do hire might not take the same precautions as their employers.]]]

A hundred young adults in a bar and who knows how many outside and they are blaming the virus contracting on a handful of employees.

Were the employees wearing masks? Were the customers? Whose fault is it if the customers don't wear masks? The Employees!!

[[[Just north of the Ohio state line in southeast Michigan, Sidelines Sports Eatery & Pub saw first-hand how a single worker can convulse a business, if only temporarily.

The employee was immediately sent home and taken off the work schedule. When the worker’s test results came back positive Tuesday, the restaurant took to its Facebook page at 12:08 p.m, announcing it would close temporarily to “keep our staff, customers, and families involved safe.”

“I don’t believe we could or would” tell employees what they can do on their personal time,” she said. “But we can do what we can inside our walls.”]]]

What do these business owners do if someone comes into their establishment that is positive that they don't know about? With employees at least they can test and then require a two week quarantine and require masks.

I think you have bigger problems to worry about with your customer base

Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:32pm

Young people can learn to behave responsibly and they should learn as part of becoming a responsible adult. It’s not asking too much. Poor choices and risky behavior shouldn’t be justified as “just being young”. Everyone can learn to wear masks and practice social distancing regardless of age.

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 11:44am

So fire the jerks that don't follow the CDC guidelines and boycott businesses that allow those virus spreaders to do so.