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Health department warns after COVID-19 outbreak at Crystal Lake restaurant

File Photo – Texas Roadhouse Crystal Lake | Photo: Google Street View.

Health officials said they have identified a COVID-19 outbreak at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Crystal Lake which has left several customers and staff members infected.

The McHenry County Department of Health announced Wednesday afternoon that Texas Roadhouse, located at 835 Cog Circle in Crystal Lake, voluntarily closed due to the virus.

Lindsey Salvatelli, the Community Information Coordinator for the McHenry County Department of Health, told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that there have been “multiple” confirmed cases associated with the restaurant.

The exact number of cases was not released but Salvatelli confirmed that both staff and customers have been infected.

The investigation into the outbreak and contact tracing is ongoing.

Anyone who has worked at or visited the restaurant between July 19 and August 4 and has any COVID-19 like symptoms is encouraged to consult with their primary care physician and get tested.

Those who have been in close contact with someone who has worked at or visited the restaurant are also encouraged to consult with their primary care physician and get tested.

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A close contact is anyone who was within six feet of a person known to have COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea and trouble breathing.

“The Department appreciates the cooperation and commitment to protecting the safety and health of staff, patrons and the community,” the McHenry County Department of Health said in a statement.

The restaurant is working with the health department to safely reopen as soon as possible, officials said.

As of Tuesday, there have been 2,997 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McHenry County and 113 confirmed deaths.


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