To the Editor:
I was appalled when I read the recent published story about how the Texas Roadhouse restaurant was vilified concerning a recent patron who tested positive for COVID-19 and forced to close.
In this incident, like the vast amount of reports being repeated by media these days, doesn't ask/answer what people need to know.
Like most diseases I'm aware of, symptoms aren't immediate. It takes up to several days to display.
Were employees not following established hygiene procedures? Nothing indicated this as such.
Did this patron contract the virus somewhere else? How was it determined to have been contracted at the restaurant? Did the patron receive a 'Quik-test', as an adjoining article reports- an employee of a nearby food business received a false positive test result, learning after putting his employer through financial difficulties by closing the business, cleaning, etc.
As the response by the spokesperson for the Texas Roadhouse eluded, restaurants are already regulated for hygiene procedures. The pandemic has caused additional levels of safety to be introduced.
It appears the county health department reacted inappropriately for closing the restaurant's doors so quickly, and also for making this a media frenzy, which made local, national and internet news, adding to the negative connotations brought with the term COVID-19.
My family and I will continue to patronize and support this and other establishments who are under extreme regulations not just to open, but to survive.