South County Chick-fil-A employee tests positive for COVID-19


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The South County Chick-fil-A is closed Tuesday, March 31 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant plans to reopen Wednesday, April 1 after a deep cleaning.

By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter

The South County Chick-fil-A is temporarily closed after an employee there tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

An employee at the Chick-fil-A near the South County Center, 4125 Lemay Ferry Road, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from Chick-fil-A.

The store has been temporarily closed for cleaning and plans to reopen Wednesday, April 1. The positive employee and any co-workers who had close contact with him are in self-quarantine.

The case is the fifth confirmed coronavirus case in South County, following an outbreak of four people connected to the South County Habilitation Center, which is also located on Lemay Ferry Road.

Chick-fil-A said the employee did not show symptoms while working.

“Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our team members and guests. After learning one of of our team members was diagnosed with COVID-19, we initiated response protocol, including immediate closure and deep cleaning of the restaurant,” said Chick-fil-A South County franchise operator Chris Torres in a statement. “We are following CDC guidance and working with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. We have been cleared to re-open Wednesday, April 1 and look forward to serving the community soon.”