COVID-19 Potential Exposure Reported at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak

Three individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 reported being at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak the evening of June 19, prior to the start of symptoms.

The COVID-19 potential exposure was identified through case investigations conducted by the Oakland County Health Division. The individuals reported crowded conditions at the establishment, which describes itself as catering to sports and entertainment patrons. Fifth Avenue is located at 215 W. 5th Ave. in Royal Oak.

“We are urging all of our businesses, especially the bars which are attracting crowds, to follow the governor’s orders and take the necessary steps to protect their workers and customers,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “We have made good progress in managing what is a highly contagious virus and we can’t backslide now. Social distancing and facial coverings work and they are critical to our safe re-opening strategies.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, although the risk of severe illness may be different for everyone, anyone can get and spread COVID-19. Everyone has a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting themselves, their family, and their community.

“The risk of COVID-19 exposure is heightened under crowded conditions, where social distancing cannot be achieved, said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer at Oakland County Health Division.  “Restaurants, bars and nightclubs have been allowed to open with requirements to reduce their capacity to 50 percent of normal seating so that social distancing can be achieved.”

If you were at Fifth Avenue Royal Oak on the evening of June 19, you should monitor for signs and symptoms. People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Call your physician or the Health Division if you think you are developing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 described below.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • 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

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced with cloth face coverings, social distancing, and staying home when sick except to get medical care.

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.oakgov.com/covid. Call Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – noon with health-related questions. For all other COVID-19 questions, contact the COVID-19 Help Hotline at 248-858-1000 or hotline@oakgov.com. For up-to-date public health information, follow @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.

For media inquiries only please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.