Capuchin Soup Kitchen employee tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)


DETROIT – An employee at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen meal site located at 1263 Meldrum Street in Detroit tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Take-away meals will still be served at the site soup kitchen during their normal serving hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The soup kitchen meal site at 4390 Conner Street will stay open with take away meal service Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. It will also be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Social worker hours at the Conner Street soup kitchen are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Staff who was potentially exposed to coronavirus were sent home and asked to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

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How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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