Grand Rapids restaurant employee tests positive for coronavirus prompting temporary closure –

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A staff member of a popular local restaurant has tested positive for COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus 2019.

The owners of Donkey Taqueria, a Mexican restaurant on the Wealthy Street corridor, announced on its website Tuesday that they were hopeful this day wouldn’t arrive. However, they said despite everyone’s best efforts to follow state and federal guidelines for health and safety, a “valued member’’ of Donkey had tested positive for the illness.

The employee’s condition was confirmed at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, according to the post from the All-In Hospitality Group. The restaurant, located at 665 Wealthy St. SE, will be closed temporarily at least until next week.

“This employee had not worked in any of our restaurants or buildings in over 10 days. We immediately made the decision not to open Donkey today (April 28). No additional staff members have shown any symptoms, but out of an abundance of caution and also following mandated State and Federal guidelines we feel it is best to close until at least May 4,’’ according to the message from All In Hospitality Group.

While the coronavirus pandemic has closed dine-in services at bars and restaurants across the state, many establishments are offering takeout.

The group says its priorities are “to ensure the absolute safety of all of our staff and customers.”

As of Tuesday afternoon, Michigan health officials reported 39,262 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,567 deaths from the contagious respiratory disease. In Kent County, there are now 1,305 cases and the death toll is at 33.

Besides Donkey Taqueria, All-In Hospitality Group currently operates two other restaurants along Wealthy Street: The Winchester and Hancock.

“This is the new reality for restaurant operators, and we will not be alone. Most importantly, we will continue to monitor this situation with our valued staff member and do all we can to ensure their full recovery,’’ according to All-In Hospitality Group.

No additional information was available.

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