The Taco Bell at 420 West Jackson St. in Macomb was closed indefinitely for “public health risks that must be dealt with before reopening,” according to the McDonough County Health Department.
Stephanie Johnson at MCHD said the department could not offer specific reasons for the closing at this time.
Responding to rumors that the restaurant was closed after an employee tested positive for COVID-19, Johnson said in a statement, “COVID-19 is not known to be a foodborne illness, so there is no known risk of people contracting it from food if a food worker did have COVID-19.”
In an e-mail to Regional Media in Macomb, Johnson wrote, “Any work place that has an onsite employee who tests positive for COVID-19 needs to thoroughly clean and sanitize according to CDC guidance, and close contacts will be notified through the contact investigation procedures for quarantine. Close contacts are those that were within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes during the positive case’s infectious period which begins 48 hours prior to symptom onset. So people who purchased food through the drive through are not considered contacts.”
Johnson said the McDonough County Health Department is “working with the management and corporate personnel to address the public health risk factors that exist there.”