CHESAPEAKE, Va. - An employee at a Chesapeake IHOP has tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesperson for the franchise confirmed to News 3 Thursday.
The restaurant where the employee works is located on Battlefield Boulevard.
The spokesperson said the team member last worked on July 5 and is currently in self-quarantine.
Once restaurant leaders were notified about the diagnosis, the restaurant was closed as staff worked with the health department and conducted a deep cleaning via a third party using guidelines recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Management also contacted each employee who may have been exposed to the virus, and the spokesperson said these employees are in the process of being tested or will stay in self-quarantine for 14 days.
The restaurant is currently open for takeout and delivery, and staff are using heightened cleaning and disinfection protocols.
The spokesperson provided News 3 with the following statement about the incident:
The health and safety of our team members and guests are our top priority. A team member who last worked on July 5 has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in self-quarantine. Once we were notified, we closed the restaurant as we worked with the Health Department and conducted a third-party deep cleaning using CDC-recommended guidelines. We also contacted each team member who may have been exposed, and they are in the process of being tested or will remain in self-quarantine for 14 days. The restaurant is now open for takeout and delivery, and we are using heightened cleaning and disinfection protocols. Thank you for your patience as we take these precautionary measures for the safety of our team members and guests. We look forward to serving you again soon.