2 unrelated cases of COVID-19 shut down 2 Shadrachs locations

2 unrelated cases of COVID-19 shut down 2 Shadrachs locations

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Two separate confirmed cases of COVID-19 has resulted in two closures at Shadrachs until further notice.

According to their Facebook page, the closures will affect both the Nettleton Avenue and the Paragould locations.

In the Nettleton location, Shadrachs said one of the employees came into contact with someone who tested positive on Thursday before their shift.

Our NETTLETON store will be CLOSED from now until Further notice. One of our employees (unrelated to Shadrachs in...

Posted by Shadrachs Coffee on Friday, May 22, 2020

The employee did not work their shift on Thursday, and isolated themselves, awaiting test results which came back positive Friday morning.

Despite that positive result, the employee has not displayed any symptoms.

At the Paragould location, another employee came into contact with a positive case of COVID-19 over the weekend. She has been self-isolating as well until the results came back.

That test also came back positive.

Shadrachs said these cases are not related.

Owner Larry Billing said they aren’t sure exactly how long these locations will be closed, but they want to do everything right to keep their employees and customers safe.

“We’re grateful to be here and grateful for the support of Jonesboro and in Paragould, it’s a unique time and God’s blessed us and even though we’re going through this he’ll carry us through this,” said Billing.

Billing said they will have a professional cleaning service come in and clean both locations.

All employees working at the two locations will be paid for their scheduled shifts while they’re closed.

The other three Jonesboro locations are still open at this time.

Billing said since COVID-19 changes started, they have not been moving employees between locations.

That means employees at the open locations have not worked at either closed store.

They also stressed that all of their employees have been wearing masks and washing hands beyond the minimum health department requirements.

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