According to data released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on Wednesday, at least 80 In-N-Out Burger employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The outbreak is related to two restaurants in Arapajo County and El Paso County, both of which opened last month.
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According to the agency’s weekly report, another 25 employees may be infected but have not yet been tested.
Denny Warnick, vice president of operations at In-N-Out, said in a statement that employees who have passed the test and those who maintain close contact with them “have been excluded from the workplace.”
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Warnick said: “For us, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our customers and employees. We are committed to playing our role in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.” “Our thoughts and prayers are with us. With our colleagues, we hope that everyone affected can recover as soon as possible.”
According to reports, In-N-Out Burger is cooperating with public health agencies and has “taken appropriate measures” to deal with the current pandemic.
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This includes limiting the number of employees in restaurants, minimizing contact with customers, reserving dining rooms for takeaway orders, ensuring social distancing, and providing hand sanitizer at every location.
In addition, the self-service beverage station is temporarily closed and a contactless payment method is provided.
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Employees are required to wash their hands and disinfect the surface of the restaurant regularly. Health checks and temperature checks are conducted before shifts, but according to In-N-Out’s COVID-19 policy, employees who feel unwell are advised to stay at home.
According to Johns Hopkins (Johns Hopkins) COVID-19 Dashboard, as of Thursday, Colorado has reported 319,500 coronavirus cases.
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An estimated 4,550 people died from complications related to respiratory diseases. Meanwhile, nearly 17,000 Colorado residents have recovered.
The state has passed several public health and administrative orders to encourage residents to wear protective masks when necessary, social distance and limit outings, while avoiding unnecessary gatherings.
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