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Health Officials Say Springfield McDonald's Employee Worked With COVID 7 Days Before Diagnosis

KSMU-Ozarks Public Radio

  The Springfield-Greene County Health Department says community members were potentially exposed to COVID-19 when a coronavirus-infected person worked at the McDonald's restaurant at 2811 N. Kansas Expressway over the course of several days.

According to a release from the health department Friday, the COVID-positive individual worked while symptomatic at the fast-food restaurant prior to being diagnosed on the following days:

  • Friday, May 29 from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
  • Saturday, May 30 from 5 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.
  • Tuesday, June 2 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 3 from 6 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 5 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 6 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 9 from 5 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The individual wore a face covering and gloves while interacting with customers, the health department said.  Protective barriers known as "sneeze guards" were also in place.
As with most previous potential communtiy exposures, the health department says people who were at the location during these times is considered "low risk" for contracting the coronavirus, but should monitor for symptoms.

COVID-19 symptoms are now known to include: 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea  
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