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Wayne Co. confirms COVID-19 in 5 at weekend wedding reception in Southgate

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Southgate — Officials have confirmed five cases of COVID-19 are linked to a weekend wedding reception in Wayne County.

The reception was held Saturday at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Hall in Southgate, the Wayne County Public Health Division said Wednesday.

Officials at the agency warn others may have been at risk of contracting and exposing others to COVID-19 as more than 100 individuals were in attendance for the reception.

Anyone who was at the reception should call the county's health division at (734) 727-7078 to report their contacts. They should also get tested by a healthcare provider as soon as possible and self-quarantine at home as directed.

A spokesman said the county’s communicable disease team is conducting a full investigation and tracing for the confirmed cases as well as reaching out to attendees of the event for potential cases.

Meanwhile, people confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 have been instructed to self-isolate until cleared by public health officials in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The county's Public Health Division is sending out notices to all Wayne County banquet halls, reaffirming the rules of the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-110 and increasing inspections at banquet halls and other large venues, including after-hours and weekends, to confirm compliance with the order.

“The safety and protection of Wayne County residents is our top priority,” said Carol Austerberry, Wayne County health officer, said in a statement. “Businesses must be intentional about following the rules to limit the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

cramirez@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @CharlesERamirez