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This Burger Chain Has Been Linked to a COVID-19 Outbreak, Officials Say

Two brand-new locations are under investigation for their positive employees.

In November, In-N-Out opened two new locations in Colorado for the first time ever. Fans waited in drive-thru lines for hours to get their hands on the West Coast burger chain's Double-Doubles, fries, and shakes. According to reports, people have still been waiting in those long lines. However, both locations are now under investigation for COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) weekly report from Dec. 23 says the Aurora and Colorado Springs In-N-Out locations have seen 80 employees test positive for the coronavirus. Another 25 probably had or have it, but have not been confirmed by a lab test. (To help keep you safe, here's The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)

The CDPHE defines an outbreak as "two or more people who are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a workplace/facility, with onset within 14 days." An outbreak was declared at the Colorado Springs location on Dec. 6, just 16 days after it opened for business on Nov. 20, with 60 staff members testing positive. On Dec. 17, it was determined that the 20 positive cases and 16 probable cases at the Aurora location were an outbreak. In order for the "outbreak" association to expire, 28 days need to pass without any new cases.

"Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our customers and associates. We are committed to doing our part in preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus," In-N-Out vice president of operations Denny Warnick said in a statement to local news station KKTV 11 News. "During the past few weeks, we have experienced a concerning number of Colorado associates who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with our associates and we are hopeful for quick recoveries for each of those affected. Of course, all positive associates and those who have had close contact with them have been excluded from the workplace."

Eat This, Not That! has reached out to the chain for a confirmation and a comment.

The El Paso County Public Health office also offered a statement to KKTV 11, saying: "Public Health has been working with In-n-Out closely since this outbreak was identified to provide education, guidance and technical assistance. This includes verifying appropriate quarantine and isolation measures, cleaning and disinfecting guidance, and making recommendations as needed. Outbreaks are a reflection of what is happening in the broader community. While our numbers have been trending downward during recent weeks, we still have high levels of COVID-19 circulating in our community."

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda is a staff writer for Eat This, Not That!. Read more