60 COVID-19 cases confirmed at Colorado Springs In-n-Out
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Sixty COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at the In-n-Out in Colorado Springs.
According to the El Paso County COVID-19 website, the outbreak was first reported on Dec. 6 and remains active as of Christmas Eve. The state health department defines an outbreak as two or more cases tied to the same facility within a 14-day period. It’s not clear how many have recovered since the outbreak began.
The In-n-Out location, the first for Colorado Springs, opened its doors on Nov. 20, just two weeks before the outbreak was reported.
In-n-Out released the following statement to 11 News Thursday from Vice President of Operations Denny Warnick:
“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our customers and associates. We are committed to doing our part in preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
During the past few weeks, we have experienced a concerning number of Colorado associates who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with our associates and we are hopeful for quick recoveries for each of those affected. Of course, all positive associates and those who have had close contact with them have been excluded from the workplace.
We continue to work closely with our public health agencies and have confirmed the appropriate steps to help protect our communities. These steps include: limiting staff to the minimum number necessary to serve our customers, using staff “cohorts” to limit possible exposure, and limiting dining room access to takeout orders only while ensuring appropriate physical distancing.
At In-N-Out, we have always used the highest health and safety standards to protect our customers. These include excellent handwashing practices and frequent disinfection procedures for the entire restaurant. We strictly require associates to stay home from work when they aren’t feeling well. As an additional layer of caution, each Associate receives a thorough health screening and temperature check before starting work. We continue to provide contactless payment options, our self-service drink stations are temporarily closed, and we are providing hand sanitizer for our customers and associates at every location.”
11 News also obtained a statement from El Paso County Public Health:
“Public Health has been working with In-n-Out closely since this outbreak was identified to provide education, guidance and technical assistance. This includes verifying appropriate quarantine and isolation measures, cleaning and disinfecting guidance, and making recommendations as needed.
Outbreaks are a reflection of what is happening in the broader community. While our numbers have been trending downward during recent weeks, we still have high levels of COVID-19 circulating in our community. Whenever people are going out, it’s reasonable to assume there is some level of COVID-19. That is why it remains critical to continue to practice prevention measures: wear a mask properly (making sure it covers the nose and mouth), practice social distancing, wash hands frequently, and stay home when sick.”
The health department says all cases are among employees.
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