Brown Jug, Chapala in Ann Arbor report coronavirus cases

Thirteen people contracted COVID-19 after visiting two Ann Arbor restaurants earlier this month, according to the Washtenaw County Health Department.

The department issued a public health alert Monday afternoon, warning people that they might have been exposed to the novel coronavirus if they visited the Brown Jug on Oct. 1-3 or Oct. 6, or Chapala Mexican Restaurant on Oct. 1.

Health officials urge anyone who was at either the Brown Jug, 1204 S. University Ave., or Chapala Mexican Restaurant, 211 N. Main St., on those dates to monitor themselves for symptoms, stay away from others for 14 days and seek COVID-19 testing. After testing, people should continue avoiding contact with others while they await test results.

The Brown Jug is a bar-hopping staple for students at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, while Chapala Mexican Restaurant is a new spot. Both restaurants are located downtown. 

“In most situations, we can contact individuals exposed to COVID-19 directly,” said Jimena Loveluck, health officer for Washtenaw County. “Unfortunately, with the number of positive cases that report visiting each of these establishments at crowded times, there is a possibility of widespread, public exposure.”

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Washtenaw County has reported a total of 3,654 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. The health department said 80% of local cases are reported in those who are 18-22 years old. 

The health department has issued orders to reduce the size of social gatherings in campus areas and to reinforce prevention measures aimed at reducing and preventing the spread of COIVD-19 locally.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms may take up to 14 days after exposure to appear, and individuals are considered contagious two days before symptoms appear.

Symptoms include:

  • 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

Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 that suggest urgent need of medical care include:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the dates of potential COVID-19 exposure at the Brown Jug. 

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