Torero’s temporarily closes due to COVID cases

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Torero’s Mexican Restaurant in Roxboro has temporarily closed due to several employees testing positive for COVID-19, according to a Friday release from the Person County Health Department.

The State of North Carolina does not require restaurants to close when an employee tests positive, but Torero’s voluntarily closed to prevent any further spread.

County Health Director Janet Clayton said the department will not be disclosing the number of employees who tested positive due to the small number of staff.

The Health Department is in the process of notifying any close contacts of the individuals who tested positive.

The restaurant was closed Friday. Clayton said a professional cleaning service has come in to disinfect the area before the restaurant reopens.

According to the Health Department, there is minimal risk to any patrons who have received take out orders or dined in the restaurant since its reopening because the restaurant management undertook many precautionary measures both before and after they reopened.

Those include making arrangements to accommodate social distancing, requiring frequent hand washing by employees, designating separate entrance and exit access, requiring employees who have contact with customers to wear face coverings, following cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection guidelines and screening employees prior to shifts.

“The necessary protocols for ensuring the health and safety of the affected employees, other employees, close contacts and the public have been taken,” Clayton said. “Person County Health Department greatly appreciates the cooperation of Torero’s management for taking this situation seriously and taking every precaution to keep their employees and customers safe. The Health Department will continue to work closely with Torero’s to provide assistance. We remind our public to practice the ‘3 Ws’ when in any public setting.”

The 3 Ws include: Wearing a cloth face covering if you will be with other people, waiting at least six feet apart and avoiding close contact and washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer.

More COVID cases come Friday

The Health Department also announced five new COVID-19 cases in Person County Friday, taking the total count to 93.

There were no individuals released from home isolation, but one person was released from the hospital.

Currently, there are 24 individuals being monitored at home.

There have been 65 people released from home isolation under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Three people are currently hospitalized and there has been one COVID-related death.

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