By Ann Frances –
Open just shy of one month, two new In-N-Out locations in Colorado are dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. The Irvine-based restaurant chain with a legendary following opened stores in Aurora and Colorado Springs on Nov. 20 of this year. On Dec. 17 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported in its weekly report that 20 staff members in Aurora were positive for COVID-19, with another 16 possible cases. In a second location in Colorado Springs, also opened in late November, 60 positive cases were reported with nine probable cases. All infected employees were sent home to recover and isolate, according to the company.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with our associates and we are hopeful for quick recoveries for each of these affected,” Denny Warnick, vice president of operations at In-N-Out, said in a statement provided to several media outlets. He added that staffers who test positive and anyone who had contact with them “have been excluded from the workplace.”
The state’s COVID-19 dashboard updates information each Wednesday and reports cases to be “active” until they have recorded no new cases for a four week period. Several other fast food restaurants have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, but with fewer staffers. The Dec. 23. report continues to show the two In-N-Out locations as “active.”