Eau Claire County Reports Possible Exposure to COVID-19 at 2 Locations

Eau Claire County (WQOW) – If you were in a couple of Eau Claire bars / restaurants earlier this month, you may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

That’s the message issued by the Eau Claire City-County Health Department on Wednesday morning.

The health department reports that the potential exposures were at Olive Garden on June 4, 9, 10, and 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Wagner’s Lanes in the bar area on June 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you visited those locations on the indicated days and times and experience symptoms of COVID-19, you are encouraged to contact your healthcare provider for a COVID-19 test.

An Olive Garden manager tells News 18 that the positive case was an employee and that they haven’t worked for about two weeks. They did not show any symptoms the last time they worked. Once they learned that the employee was not feeling well, they were not allowed to return to work.

“The health and safety of our guests and team members is our maximum
priority, “said Nick Hewitt, CEO of Olive Garden at Eau
Claire “We have thoroughly sanitized the entire restaurant with CDC approved disinfectant. In addition, we follow a series of
daily processes to create a safe environment for our guests and team
members and the health department have assured us that we are taking the
correct steps. “

“Wagner’s Lanes takes this situation very seriously, as the safety and well-being of both our employees and our customers are of utmost importance to us. We can assure you that we are going beyond the guidelines and recommendations of the Health Department, taking additional precautions in as many areas as possible, ”said Rob Ingram, general manager of Wagner’s Lanes.

The health department says both companies are cooperating with the investigation.