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Diners urged to self-quarantine after COVID-19 clusters linked to Glen Allen restaurant

'Cluster of COVID-19 infections associated with live music event'
Posted at 1:03 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 16:32:57-04

GLEN ALLEN, Va. -- Diners at a Glen Allen restaurant linked to a cluster of COVID-19 infections are being urged to self-quarantine, Henrico County Health Department officials warned Thursday.

People who attended the live music event at JJ’s Grille in the 10200 block of Staples Mill Road on Friday, Oct. 9 may have been exposed to the virus, officials said.

The health department recommended those who visited the restaurant to stay home and away from others for 14 days or until Oct. 24, monitor for symptoms and consider being tested for COVID-19.

Additionally, health officials said that while there have been no reported cases of exposure linked to previous live music or group events before Oct. 9, the health department is "still evaluating the potential for further exposures." As a result, people who have visited the restaurant after Oct. 9 are urged to monitor for symptoms and consider being tested.

Officials said JJ’s Grille and the health department "continue to work closely together to protect the health of the establishment’s patrons and our community."

From the Henrico County Health Department

Symptoms of COVID-19 infection can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, chills, muscle pain, or new loss of taste or smell. Individuals who develop symptoms concerning for COVID-19 infection should contact their medical provider and seek out testing for COVID-19. Anyone with chest pain or shortness of breath should call or text 911 immediately.

If you do not have a medical provider or insurance, free testing is available through the health district at any of our upcoming community testing events, click here for a full listing, or call 804-205-3501. Click here for other testing sites.

Individuals in self-quarantine should stay home, avoid having guests visit them, not share items like towels and plates, stay at least 6 feet away from others, and wear a mask when around people who have not had the same exposure. Click here for more information.

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.