COVID-19 exposure at Barnwood

A positive COVID exposure has been identified at Barnwood Restaurant. Contributed photo

Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — Two patrons who visited the Barnwood Restaurant in Catskill on Tuesday tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by Greene County Public Health on Friday.

Residents who visited the restaurant on Tuesday between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. should monitor themselves for symptoms and isolate if they become symptomatic, according to Public Health.

The Barnwood remained opened for business Friday.

“It was just a contact between their server and the two patrons,” dining room manager Sarah Machaud said, “[The server] is being quarantined and has not been in the building for a few days so hopefully it will not go beyond that.”

Machaud was not aware of any on-site testing being offered to staff, she said.

Greene County Public Health reported that no Barnwood employees tested positive, according to Friday’s statement.

The cases follow Thursday’s closure of the Athens Senior Center due to a staff member testing positive.

The employee was in contact with most of the other staff and the remaining seven employees will quarantine at home, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said.

“We will conduct a deep clean on the premises over the next two days, including using a mister or vapor machine to spray surfaces,” Groden said. “Staff from other centers will pick up production as best as they can. And those same staff members will relocate to Athens for Monday’s production.”

Residents who use the meal service and their families were notified of Thursday’s closure and that not all deliveries would be made.

“As of now, it’s not possible to determine how many will be missed,” Groden said.

Greene County Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, encouraged residents to reach out to loved ones who use the service.

All county departments are in the process of developing Continuity of Operations Plans in the event that other cases are diagnosed, Groden said.

“It may be necessary to alter operations if other employees test positive,” he said, adding that alternatives could include limited hours, telecommuting, alternating shifts or days of operation.

In September, the Creekside Restaurant closed for two weeks when an employee tested positive for the virus. The case was linked to the outbreak at SUNY Oneonta, owner Sean Meagher said. Greene County Public Health tested 50 people at the restaurant the day after the positive result, including all staff members, family members and some regular customers who frequent the business, Meagher said.

Of those 50, one additional staff member tested positive, Meagher said.

Greene County reported 34 active cases Thursday.

The county Friday released a statement regarding Thanksgiving celebrations.

“We urge you to follow CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines and stay home for Thanksgiving and avoid all nonessential activities,” according to the statement. “Wearing a mask, staying socially distant and hand washing are vitally important when you are in public to help reduce the risk of your exposure.”

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