Crystal Lake restaurant closed after multiple patrons, staff tested positive for COVID-19 – NBC Chicago


A popular restaurant in suburban Crystal Lake is closed for deep cleaning after several customers and staff were diagnosed with coronavirus.

The Texas Roadhouse site on Cog Circle is closed after the McHenry County Department of Health announced “several” confirmed cases.

According to a company spokesperson, three employees have tested positive for the virus, while at least one customer said he was sickened by the coronavirus after dining at the restaurant.

“Honestly, it’s quite shocking knowing that I go out pretty much every day,” said client Evelyn Smith. “I like to distance myself and wear my mask, but it’s still pretty scary and real, and people still get it.”

Contact tracing is underway for customers and restaurant employees. Anyone who worked or visited the company between July 19 and August 4 and showing symptoms of the virus is encouraged to speak to a doctor and get tested for the coronavirus, according to the health department.

A spokesperson for Texas Roadhouse said the new cases of the coronavirus are causing the restaurant to be “unfairly targeted” by the McHenry County Department of Health.

“The restaurant is being unfairly targeted by McHenry’s Department of Health,” the spokesperson said. “It is reckless and alarmist of the ministry to say that there is an epidemic.”

“It just scares me a little bit, but honestly I feel like they’re taking the precautions they need,” said client Karen Witkins.

According to the company, the ministry is requiring all employees to be tested for the coronavirus before the restaurant can reopen.

Anyone who has come in close contact with a recent employee or customer of the restaurant should consider getting tested. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of another person infected with the virus for at least 15 minutes.


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