Glenmore Distillery employee tests positive for COVID-19

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT)– The Glenmore Distillery in Owensboro has temporarily closed on Friday after a worker tested positive for the coronavirus.

Officials say a sanitizing company is coming in to clean after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The entrance to the building is taped off and the business says they’re trying to comply with CDC guidelines.

The doors are shut and taped off at the GlenmoreDistillery in Owensboro while teams work to disinfect the building. The employees who work in the building learned it would be shutting down after someone tested positive for the coronavirus. But should employees be worried about getting sick too?

“It depends on the nature of the contact that would have with someone that’s tested positive for coronavirus,” Clay Horton says.

Clay Horton with the Green River District Health Department says people who were within six feet of the infected person for more than 30 minutes have been asked to self-quarantine. Horton says the health department is asking every positive patient about their history and how they could have unknowingly exposed people.

“We’re interviewing every person that’s tested positive and we find out about these types of contacts,” Horton explains.

And he says now more than ever it’s important to keep social distancing.

“We are seeing a community spread of the coronavirus.”

But aside from the illness, he says he wants people to remember the person sick didn’t do it on purpose. 

“If they hear of a conformed case or they know someone who’s a confirmed case, what we need to do as a community is to support that person.”

The public relations manager says this closure is temporary and they expect to go back to business as normal soon but wouldn’t answer any more questions.

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(This story was originally published on March 21, 2020)


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