Port Huron restaurant listed as potential coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure site

Two restaurant employees tested positive for virus

PORT HURON, Mich. – A St. Clair County restaurant has been listed as a potential coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure site after two employees have tested positive for the virus, officials announced Saturday.

A Bob Evans restaurant in Port Huron is asking recent patrons to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms after two employees were found to have confirmed COVID-19 infections.

Customers who visited the restaurant at 2190 Water Street on or between August 30 through September 4 should monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for up to 14 days after the date of their visit.

Officials say the restaurant is temporarily closed for a deep cleaning. Management is reportedly working closely with health department officials.

Anyone who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms should get tested for the virus. Individuals with coronavirus symptoms should contact their primary care physician or find a no-cost COVID-19 testing site in Michigan online here.

Those getting tested should self-quarantine while awaiting test results to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

General questions can be directed to the St. Clair County COVID-19 Informational Hotline at 810-966-4163 or covid19@stclaircounty.org.

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.

Click here for more guidelines from the CDC.

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

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