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After multiple employees at the downtown Indianapolis restaurant tested positive for the coronavirus, the St. Elmo Steak House has been closed until further notice.
Craig Huse, president of Huse Culinary, issued a statement late on Saturday confirming that nine employees of San Emo were infected with the virus.
It is not yet clear when the employees will be tested and when the results will be communicated to restaurant officials.
Hughes said in a statement: “Out of prudent consideration, the San Elmo restaurant has decided to close the restaurant and conduct a thorough deep cleaning of the restaurant.” “Although we regret not being able to serve our visitors, we The top priority is the safety and well-being of employees and guests.”
After the Marion County Public Health Department investigated whether someone in Indianapolis, Alabama was exposed to the virus, the city of St. Elmo was closed. According to reports, a student from the University of Alabama participated in the competition and died of COVID-19 complications.
The father confirmed that Luke Ratliff, 23, died briefly after going to Indianapolis for March crazy. Multiple sources told the Tuscaloosa News that super basketball fans in Alabama died of complications related to COVID-19.
It is unclear whether Ratliff was infected with the virus before, during or after his visit to Indianapolis, or where he contracted the virus. It is also unknown whether he had symptoms while in Indianapolis.
Marion County health officials did not specify whether they were talking about Ratliff’s case, but confirmed that they had contacted the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The closure of the iconic Indy restaurant on Saturday is not the first time the coronavirus has directly affected the San Elmo family. In March 2020, in the early days of the pandemic, St. Steve Huse, co-owner of Elmo Steak House, tested positive for COVID-19.
The family told IndyStar that Steve Huse was diagnosed with symptoms for several days, including cough, fever, severe chills and vibrations.
He will continue to spend 102 days at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. During that period, he stayed on a ventilator for 32 days.
After he was released from the hospital in early July, doctors estimated that his recovery may take two to six months.
IndyStar reporters Emily Hopkins and Elizabeth DePompei contributed to this story.
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