Metro Detroit restaurants help community amid COVID-19 outbreak

Some restaurants are closed due to coronavirus but still cooking.

DETROIT – The restaurant industry took a hard hit as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

That’s not stopping them from also lending a helping hand to the community during this rough time.

“Our response we’ve gotten from our guest is thank you for still staying and thank you for still being here for us,” said Andiamo Chef, Jim Oppat

Oppat knows having a meal at this point in time could be tough.

“Obviously money is very tight. We’re juggling working from home and childcare,” Oppat said.

He’s doing what he can at least to make things easier.

“We want to provide something for them right now. We’re doing a buy one get one specials on carryout meals,” added Oppat

And those at Andiamo are not the only ones.

Even though the Detroit restaurant LeCulture Café is closed off to the public. The workers decided to all work without pay to make sure the essential workers in the medical field are properly fed.

“We’re working on making 1,000 plates for those on the front lines in the medical field,” chef Tarryl Devault said.

With the peak still believed to be some distance away it’s good to know at least someone cares about the food going to those in need.

“It’s all about helping people,” said chef Amirah Perry.

Both restaurants will continue to do what they can for the people, as long as they can.

MORE: What the CDC says you should do if you believe you have coronavirus (COVID-19)

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Click here for more guidelines from the CDC.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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Victor Williams joined Local 4 News in October of 2019 after working for WOIO in Cleveland, OH, WLOX News in Biloxi, MS, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. Victor developed a love for journalism after realizing he was a great speaker and writer at an early age.