Lapeer County Health Dept. issues advisory to the public


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect new information regarding the restaurant’s reopening.

IMLAY CITY — An employee at a popular Imlay City restaurant tested positive for the COVID-19 virus last week.

Lapeer County Health Dept. Director, Kathy Haskins confirmed the case on Friday, July 10, noting that the management at Lucky’s Steak House and health department officials were working collaboratively to mitigate the issue.

“The business is voluntarily closing this evening (she wrote on Friday) to ensure that a thorough cleaning of the facility can be accomplished, and employees who worked closely with the positive case will be quarantined,” she said.

Haskins advises that those who were at the restaurant on Thursday, July 9 or Friday, July 10, may have been exposed and should monitor themselves closely for respiratory symptoms for the next 14 days or they may opt to contact their healthcare provider and be tested.

Haskins reminded there are a number of urgent cares in Lapeer County, including one in Imlay City, which provide testing.

“You should take extra precautions to ensure you do not transmit the virus to others,” she said. “You may be able to transmit the disease for up to 48 hours prior to symptoms, and a number of individuals will be asymptomatic (without symtoms).”

According to employees, the restaurant was able to reopen to the public on Saturday.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.