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A COVID-19 Outbreak In a Chick-Fil-A Distribution Facility Shut Down Some Restaurants In This Area

The state is seeing a major surge in infection rates.

Chick-fil-A customers in some areas of North Carolina may find that their local restaurant is temporarily shut down. According to local reports, the chain's distribution facility has recently been affected by an outbreak of COVID-19, which may impact the business hours of some locations in its vicinity.

The outbreak is affecting deliveries of supplies to some local restaurants, and the delays will last at least 24 hours, a news outlet reported yesterday. Customers of the Chick-fil-A in Fuquay-Varina were notified through the chain's app that the location was shutting down for the day, but the message did not mention COVID-19 as the reason behind the temporary disruption. A sign on the door of the location said the restaurant should reopen on Thursday.

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Similarly, shipments of ingredients were delayed at Holly Springs and Garner locations, which were also facing the prospect of early closure.

"We experienced two brief closures yesterday at one location in North Carolina and one in Virginia due to a brief disruption in distribution from our third-party partner in the area," the company said in a statement. "The disruption was very brief, and we are working to ensure there are no further disruptions to any of our restaurants."

The company also clarified it is currently not experiencing supply chain issues.

North Carolina is currently seeing the highest spike in COVID-19 cases since January. The state has recently seen a daily infection rate as high as 14% of those tested, while hospitals are reporting the largest single-day jump in ICU admissions since the start of the pandemic, according to WRAL.

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Editor's Note: This article was updated on August 13 with a comment from Chick-fil-A.

Mura Dominko
Mura is a Deputy Editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more