coronavirus

The Jefferson County Health Department reported today (July 7) that it is investigating positive COVID-19 cases at Frankie Gianino’s, 1209 Main Street, in Imperial.

Anyone who visited the location between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. July 1 could have been exposed to the virus, and the Health Department is asking those people to monitor symptoms until July 15, the agency said in a written statement.

According to a Facebook message the restaurant posted on July 4, an employee had been diagnosed with COVID-19. The restaurant said it closed that day for professional cleaning.

“The Gianino Family has always worked to provide a safe environment during this time for our employees and guests,” the Facebook post said. “We have taken every precaution and guideline procedure by Jefferson County and CDC very seriously. Unfortunately, we have been touched by the effects of the pandemic.”

A pone call to the restaurant today was not answered.

It’s unclear if the restaurant has reopened.

The restaurant also posted on Facebook that William “Bill” Gianino died on June 26 and his visitation was scheduled for July 5 and his funeral on July 6.

On July 2, the Syberg’s restaurant, 249 Arnold Crossroads Center, posted a Facebook message that said “some of our team members” tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the post, the restaurant has closed for dine-in service until further notice but continues to provide curbside pickup.

Coronavirus symptoms include fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; and diarrhea.

The Health Department advises anyone experiencing symptoms to schedule a test at the Health Department. Testing information and other COVID-19 information may be found at jeffcohealth.org/coronavirus-covid19.

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