Village Cafe in Pentwater identified as possible COVID-19 exposure site.

September 3, 2020

Village Cafe in Pentwater identified as possible COVID-19 exposure site.

PENTWATER – District Health Department #10 was notified that an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was present and potentially contagious at the Village Café in Pentwater on the following days and times: Aug. 22 from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 23 from 4:30-8 p.m., Aug. 29 from noon to 8 p.m., Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Aug. 31 from noon to 8 p.m.

Information was not immediately available whether the person is a Village Cafe employee. Jeannine Taylor, public information officer for DHD #10, said the health department does not release that information, and a call to the Village Cafe was unanswered due to the restaurant being closed for its normal schedule.

“If you were at the Village Cafe on the dates and times listed above, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the possible exposure date,” states a DHD #10 press release. “Anyone that is self-monitoring as a result should keep away from family, close contacts, and roommates as much as possible. COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and recent loss of taste or smell. Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms should immediately quarantine themselves and contact a medical provider.

“While DHD#10 will release information about public exposure sites when it is determined through investigation that it’s not possible to identify all close contacts, everyone needs to remember that approximately 40 percent of COVID-19 cases appear to be asymptomatic. Asymptomatic cases are especially difficult because they are not sick and therefore not staying home. Additionally, contagious individuals can spread virus prior to experiencing symptoms,” the press release states.

“As we continue to experience community spread of COVID-19, it should be understood that anyone choosing to go out in public, whether to a bar, restaurant, golf course, retail store, family gathering, funeral, or any other public place, could potentially be exposed to COVID-19 at any time, thus you should always be monitoring for symptoms,” stated Kevin Hughes, health officer for DHD#10.

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