Among employees at two In-N-Out Burger locations in Colorado, the COVID-19 outbreak has increased to 122 cases.
Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) reported 80 confirmed coronavirus cases among restaurant staff in Aurora and Colorado Springs, as well as another 25 potentially infected people. However, on Wednesday, officials released the latest news, confirming 42 employees at the Aurora location and 80 employees at the Colorado Springs location.
As of Wednesday, CDPHE data showed that no deaths were reported, nor were cases reported by customers back to any location.
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When CDPHE first reported the outbreak last week, Denny Warnick, vice president of operations at In-N-Out, said that the affected employees and those in contact with them “have been excluded from the workplace.”
Warnick said: “There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our customers and employees. We are committed to making our own contribution to 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.”
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In-N-Out also confirmed that it will work with public health agencies to take “appropriate” next steps.
In-N-Out representatives did not immediately respond to the request to update the statement, nor did they immediately confirm whether the restaurant would continue to operate.
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The In-N-Out location (the first two locations in Colorado) opened last month and recruited dozens of curious Coloradans, some of whom queued for 14 hours to taste the burger shop’s products. Local police have been sent to help control the traffic, as well as at least one fight that occurred while driving.
In-N-Out currently plans to open seven more locations in Colorado in the future.
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At the same time, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, as of Thursday, Colorado has reported 330,859 COVID-19 cases and 4,750 deaths.
Cortney Moore of Fox News contributed to this report.