Dutch Bros. employees test positive for covid-19
Some area Dutch Bros. employees have tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, two locations were closed temporarily to undergo an intense deep cleaning procedure.
The shops located at 496 Keene Road in Richland & at 2601 Court Street in Pasco are where the employee tested positive for the virus on 7/4 and 7/5.
Dutch Bros. has issued the following statement regarding the Court Street location:
"The health and wellbeing of our customers and employees is always our top priority. That's why we feel it’s important to confirm two employees of Dutch Bros Pasco have tested positive for COVID-19.
The first employee at our shop located at 2601 Court St. received a positive COVID-19 result on 7/4; the second received a positive result on 7/5. They have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
Prior to the positive tests, the employees worked morning shifts on 6/26 and 6/30; and worked day shifts on 6/25, 6/27, 6/29 and 6/30.
We learned of the first positive case on Saturday, 7/4 and immediately started closing procedures. As an extra precaution, the location will undergo a third-party deep clean overnight. We are also coordinating with public health officials to confirm our protocols not only meet, but exceed, expectations.
Because of our commitment to our communities, we have also taken the following steps over the last few months to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Enforced increased hand-washing and sanitizing
- Temporarily suspended the use of personal mugs at our drive-thurs
- Temporarily closed walk-ins and walk-ups to focus exclusively on serving through our drive-thru windows
- Instituted a cashless payment system, eliminating unnecessary touch points between customers and broistas
- Instituted mask policies to align with updated CDC recommendations
We want the community to know we’re following all recommended CDC guidelines and will continue to keep the community’s health at the forefront of all decisions we make."
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