MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 10/29/2018 2:22 P.M.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store's corporate office issued this statement on the case of Hepatitis A at its Mineral Wells location:
“At Cracker Barrel, nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our guests and employees. Along with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, we jointly agreed to close the store, and we took proactive steps including cleaning and sanitizing. We are also working in collaboration with the Health Department to arrange for a clinic to vaccinate all employees,” stated Heidi Pearce, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store spokesperson.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a worker at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Mineral Wells, WV.
The MOV Health Department found the risk of restaurant customers contracting Hepatitis A to be low, but it says people who ate at the Cracker Barrel in Mineral Wells between October 15th and October 21st should consider getting the Hepatitis A vaccine not more than two weeks from the initial exposure.
"It's important to note there have been no cases in West Virginia or Ohio, where a food service worker has passed Hepatitis A on to a patron," said Carrie Brainard of the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department. "We're just being precautionary and making sure that the public's aware of the vaccines that are available, and we'd rather be safe than sorry."
The restaurant voluntarily closed Friday for cleaning and sanitizing, and re-opened Saturday morning.
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