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Temple Chick-fil-a to reopen drive-thru as employee waits for COVID-19 test results

Posted at 8:47 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 21:47:42-04

TEMPLE, TX — A Temple Chick-fil-A will reopen its drive-thru as an employee waits for their COVID-19 test results.

According to owner and operator Steve Joy, the South 31st Street location closed on Mach 26 after an employee was tested for COVID-19.

Joy says according Bell County Health and CDC guidelines, when an employee is tested, they must not be on location and must remain on quarantine for 14 days until they receive a negative test result. If the employee's test is positive for COVID-19, the entire team would have to be quarantined for a period of 14 days before they could return to work.

Joy says they made the decision to close the entire location immediately and not wait for test results. He also states he committed to paying the employees their full salary for work missed.

Joy has now announced that the location will reopen its drive-tru on Saturday, April 4. The employee tested for COVID-19 has still not received their test results.

Joy says the employee is no longer sick and the doctor is confident the case is not COVID-19. The employee is also remaining in quarantine to complete a 14-day period.

Joy says all other employees returning to work have been cleared by the Bell County Public Health Department.