Springfield-Greene County Health Director Clay Goddard announced a new public notification Friday morning of a potential exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual.
Goddard said a recent case worked while he was sick at McDonald’s at 2811 N. Kansas Expressway for seven days. He said the individual was masked, wearing gloves and was behind sneeze guards.
“Because these measures were in place, we hope that no additional cases will develop,” said Goddard.
The list of dates and times worked at McDonald’s on the following days:
- Friday May 29 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Saturday May 30 5 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
- Tuesday June 2 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Wednesday June 3 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Friday June 5 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Saturday June 6 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Tuesday June 9 5 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Goddard stated that anyone at the location on these dates is at low risk for COVID-19, but should watch for symptoms and that there is no need to quarantine or isolate yourself. unless symptoms develop.
Through a corporate publicist, the owner and operator of the McDonald’s Kansas Expressway store, Rex McMillian, sent the press chief a written statement about the news.
“Our top priority is to protect the health and well-being of our employees and our customers,” said Mr. McMillian.
Elsewhere in the statement, McMillian said, “As soon as we learned of the confirmed case, we conducted a thorough disinfection procedure in accordance with CDC guidelines, as notified by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. In addition, we have identified and reached out to all of the restaurant employees who had been in contact with the employee who contracted the virus. These employees were asked to self-quarantine at home for 14 days to ensure they stay healthy before returning to work. We have been in contact with employees and provide support during this period. ”
McMillian said that since mid-March, “as a precaution”, its stores have closed halls for dinner, but use curbside, takeout, delivery and drive-through services. Stores now have protective signs at front counters and in drive-thru, as employees follow social distancing guidelines and improved hygiene procedures. They also do well-being and temperature checks before each shift and provide gloves and masks, he said.
“Our employees are the heart and soul of the McDonald’s family and we keep this employee in our thoughts for a quick and complete recovery,” said McMillian.
News-Leader reporter Gregory Holman contributed to this story. Wyatt D. Wheeler is a reporter and columnist for the Springfield News-Leader. You can contact him at 417-371-6987, by email at [email protected] or join the conversation on Twitter where his handle is @WyattWheeler_NL.
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