COVID-19 outbreak identified at Crystal Lake Texas Roadhouse


CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. – The McHenry County Department of Health has identified a COVID-19 outbreak at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Crystal Lake.

Texas Roadhouse, located at 835 Cog Circle, has voluntarily closed and is working with the department to safely reopen as soon as possible.

However, the company’s spokesperson said the restaurant feels like they’ve been unfairly pinpointed as the source of an outbreak.

He said three employees did test positive for the coronavirus, but none of them had been at work for at least 12 days. They were not at work when they had symptoms, he added.

“We do symptom surveys before employees come to work, we wear masks, we wear gloves, we have partitions between the booths, and I just feel like we should have been given the courtesy to come in, said Travis Doster. “Never interviewed any of our employees so we feel like this was just an overreach based upon one guest.”

Anyone who has worked or visited the restaurant or is in close contact of someone who has worked or visited between July 19 and August 4 is encouraged to get tested.

At this time, the exact number of cases is not known.


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