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Olive Garden handles three presumed staff cases of COVID-19

July 3, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

The Cranberry Township Olive Garden, located along Route 228, has three employees who have presumably tested positive for COVID-19. The employees were last in the restaurant June 24 and 25. Restaurant officials have since given the location two deep sanitizations with disinfectant approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The restaurant remains open.

CRANBERRY TWP — Darden Restaurants spokesman Rich Jeffers confirmed Friday morning that three Olive Garden employees in Cranberry Township are believed to have tested positive for COVID-19.

Jeffers, who is based in Orlando, said while the individuals haven't provided copies of written diagnoses at this time, restaurant management is following company protocol and treating the cases as confirmed.

“We had three team members inform us of a positive diagnosis,” Jeffers said. “They can't return until they have a written medical release.”

Jeffers said two of the workers were last in the restaurant June 24 and the third was last present June 25.

Since then, the facility has undergone two complete cleaning procedures using disinfectant approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Jeffers.

“It's an hours-long process,” Jeffers said, adding these cleanings occurred June 25 and 28.

Aside from the thorough sanitization, Jeffers said the Cranberry Township restaurant is following corporate policy and cleaning with the CDC-approved disinfectant daily.

Workers are also screened for COVID-19 symptoms before starting their shifts. Those who don't pass the screening aren't allowed to work. Employees wear face masks at all times and practice social distancing.

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