FORT GRATIOT-BY, Mich. – A restaurant in St. Clair County has been listed as a potential coronavirus exposure site.
St. Clair County health officials announced Thursday that an employee at Chili’s Bar & Grill on 24th Avenue in Fort Gratiot Township has tested positive for COVID-19.
Patrons who visited the restaurant at any time between October 18 and 22 are encouraged to monitor COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after their visit. Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to be tested for the virus and for self-quarantine while awaiting test results to prevent the spread of COVID.
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COVID symptoms can occur up to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Individuals may be able to spread the disease for up to 48 hours before the onset of symptoms. Some people who get the virus may remain asymptomatic.
Read: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s What to Know October 29, 2020
General questions can be directed to St. Clair County COVID-19 Information Hotline at 810-966-4163 during normal business hours.
How COVID-19 is spread
Spread from person to person
It is believed that the virus is spread mainly from person to person.
- Between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These drops can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
Can anyone spread the virus without being sick?
- Spreading is possible before people show symptoms. People who do not show symptoms can still carry the virus and can still pass it on to other people.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible for a person to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way, whereupon the virus is spreading.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is maintained and spread continuously without stopping.
Prevention and treatment
There is currently no vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent disease is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, the CDC always recommends preventative measures to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently affected objects and surfaces using a regular cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you are in the bathroom; before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
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People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
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