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Numerous COVID-19 cases tied to Cracker Barrel in Somerset

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Posted at 11:50 AM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 11:50:44-04

SOMERSET, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Lake Cumberland District Health Department is seeing an increase of COVID-19 in the 10-county area.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, the LCDHD said that there are 180 positive cases in that area with seven people hospitalized. Of the 180 positive cases, there are only 49 that are asymptomatic.

LCDHD has identified a cluster of positive COVID19 cases associated with Cracker Barrel employees in Somerset, Ky. The employees who tested positive are currently self-isolating at home in line with the latest public health guidance. Additionally, Cracker Barrel took immediate steps to notify employees who may have been in contact with those who tested positive.

“The health and safety of employees and guests is our top priority. We’ve been working closely and fully cooperating with the Lake Cumberland District Health Department as we evaluate this situation,” Heidi Pearce, Cracker Barrel spokesperson, said. “We’ve taken the following actions: transitioned the location to curbside, pickup and delivery service only, which reduces staffing in the store; limited the number of guests allowed in the building; and performed additional cleaning and sanitation measures. Also, all employees will continue to undergo daily wellness screens and wear masks in accordance with the Governor’s statewide order.”