COVID-19 cases identified at 2 Monett restaurants

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Positive at Taco Bell, presumed positive at Angus Branch

The Barry County Health Department is announcing a person employed at Taco Bell in Monett has tested positive for COVID-19, and an additional case at Angus Branch Restaurant is a presumed positive.

Both cases are associated and may be the result of recent travel. Both people are in isolation, and close contacts are being identified, and when appropriate, ordered to quarantine.

The owners of both restaurants are continuing to ensure enhanced cleaning of all frequently touched surfaces is conducted frequently, physical distancing is maintained when possible and face coverings will continue to be required for all service employees.

The employees worked the following hours:

• Taco Bell – Sept. 3 and Sept. 4, 5 p.m. to midnight

• Angus Branch – Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, 3-9 p.m.

Taco Bell has made the decision to close for two weeks, as staff were affected by quarantines. Angus Branch has a staff large enough that it is not having to close.

Megan Golubski, owner, said the restaurant was able to move staff around to stay open.

“We are doing as much sanitizing as possible and taking all precautions for the safety of our staff and customers,” she said.

“Both facilities are diligently working to ensure the safety of staff and customers,” said Roger Brock, administrator of the Barry County Health Department.

COVID-19 is not foodborne and there is no risk of contracting COVID-19 from a meal. Customers do not need to self-quarantine unless symptoms develop. Anyone who develops symptoms should call a primary care provider or the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or a new loss of taste or smell. If you believe, you have symptoms of COVID-19 stay home call your medical provider, and wear a mask when near anyone who does not live in the same home.

Barry County Phase 2 Mitigation Rules began June 26 and remain in effect until Sept. 30. Those rules include required source control masking of service providers; recommended physical distancing, cloth face coverings and enhanced hygiene practices.

For more information about COVID-19, people may visit cdc.gov/coronavirus, call the Barry County Health Department at 417-847-2114 or call the Missouri DHSS 24 hour hotline number at 877-435-8411.

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