Henrico Health District urges self-quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure at restaurant

Henrico Health District urges self-quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure at restaurant

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - The Henrico County Health district has encouraged residents to self-quarantine after a potential COVID-19 exposure at a local restaurant.

According to the health district, a cluster of COVID-19 infections associated with a live music event at JJ’s Grille on Oct. 9 is being investigated.

According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, it was advertising a $5 cover charge to hear a Richmond band called AudioVault on that Friday night.

NBC12 is told about 75 people were in attendance at the event.

Now, the restaurant is working with the health department to spread the word to people that attended.

“There’s still a segment of people we weren’t able to get in touch with. That’s why we ended up doing a public notice...When there are occurrences when people have been potentially exposed and we don’t know who they are - then we will do a public notice so they’ll know they were potentially exposed at that event,” Richmond/Henrico Health District Director Dr. Danny Avula said.

The health district says anyone who attended that event should immediately stay home and away from others for 14 days, monitor symptoms and consider being tested.

Managers of the restaurant say they are temporarily closed and hope to open later this week.

The health department says the restaurant was taking the right steps by requiring masks and allowing for social distancing, but this still happened. They say that’s a reminder of what could happen when congregating in groups.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of taste or smell

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