Employee at Chuck’s Roadhouse worked while infectious with COVID-19: WECHU
Published Friday, July 31, 2020 10:13AM EDT Last Updated Friday, July 31, 2020 6:11PM EDT
WINDSOR, ONT. -- The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says an employee at a Windsor restaurant tested positive for COVID-19 and worked while infectious for two days.
Windsor-Essex medical officer of health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says it took place at Chuck’s Roadhouse on Tecumseh Road East.
Ahmed says an employee worked while being infectious on July 24 and July 25.
“What we know from our initial contact with the case, is the case was working while the case was infectious, but taking all of the right precautions,” says Ahmed.
Ahmed says as far as they know, the employee was following proper protocols, including wearing a mask and keeping a physical distance.
“It would be a low-risk contact,” says Ahmed. “It’s not a reflection at all of the business itself.”
Under Stage 2 rules, Windsor restaurants are closed for indoor dining, but outdoor patios are allowed. A sign on Chuck’s patio Friday says it will be closed for the night.
The health unit is not releasing details about the employee or what job they were working. Ahmed says the reason they are informing the public, is due to possible exposure.
“There was possible interaction with the public and that’s why we are reporting it,” says Ahmed. “If there was no interaction with anyone, we may not even be reporting it.”
Ahmed says they believe the employee didn’t knowingly work while infected.
A manager at Chuck’s tells CTV News the employee is a female server in her 20s. He says she began showing symptoms on Monday, July 27.
The restaurant is closed on Friday, but he hopes it will reopen on Saturday. The manager says staff is ensuring that the facility is clean and they are following all protocols.
Ahmed says patrons who went to the restaurant on July 24 and July 25 will be notified, based on the register from the business.
“We would like to make sure everyone is aware and monitors for symptoms,” says Ahmed.
Anyone who experiences any symptoms related to COVID-19 is encouraged to get tested.