Three more coronavirus outbreaks in Colorado Springs, including one at McDonald’s

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Three new coronavirus outbreaks have been confirmed in Colorado Springs, including one at a McDonald’s, according to the county health department.

The health department said three employees have tested positive for the virus at the McDonald’s at 535 Airport Creek Point, which is at the intersection of Powers Boulevard and Airport Road.

“We recently learned that some employees from our Airport Creek Road location have tested positive for the coronavirus,” McDonald’s said in a statement to FOX21. “As soon as we were notified of the confirmed cases, we immediately closed the restaurant and have conducted a thorough sanitization procedure as well as notified local public health authorities. Our organization is committed to protecting our crew in accordance with the guidance of the CDC and in full compliance with all state-level orders, including sick pay and PPE requirements.”

“We identified and reached out to all restaurant staff who had been in close contact with the employees who contracted the virus and advised they self-quarantine for 14 days,” the statement continued. “Our people are the heart and soul of our McDonald’s family, and we are keeping those impacted in our thoughts for a fast and full recovery.”

The second new outbreak is at Springs Fabrication at 850 Aeroplaza Drive, where two employees have tested positive for the virus. The third new outbreak is at Cheyenne Mountain Care Center at 835 Tenderfoot Hill Road, where two residents have tested positive.

A confirmed outbreak means two or more people in a single facility or non-household group have gotten the virus within two weeks.

In a healthcare facility, an outbreak is defined as two or more cases in residents within two weeks.

>> Tap here for a full list of outbreaks statewide (list updated every Wednesday)

More cases at Walmart, Goodwill

The health department also said a fourth employee at the Walmart on Space Center Drive has tested positive for the virus. An outbreak at that store was reported Monday.

A fourth employee at the Goodwill on Austin Bluffs Parkway has also tested positive for the virus. An outbreak at that store was announced Sunday.

Testing available

The health department is encouraging people to monitor themselves for coronavirus symptoms. Anyone who has symptoms should get tested. Essential workers who do not have symptoms can also get tested.

Community testing is available at these locations in Colorado Springs:

  • UCHealth Testing Tent
    • 175 S. Union Blvd in Colorado Springs   
    • Open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Bring your ID and insurance card (if you have one)   

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