Dutch Bros shop in Stockton closed temporarily after employee tests positive for COVID-19

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STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — A Stockton Dutch Bros has shut down after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19.

“It was really weird that it was closed in the first place because it’s never closed,” regular customer Laura Lujan said.

A Dutch Bros spokesperson said the last time the employee worked at the East Hammer Lane location was May 7, and they started experiencing symptoms the following day.

That same employee also worked the mornings of April 30, 25 and 23 and the afternoons of May 5 and 2, along with April 28, according to Dutch Bros.

The employee was tested on Monday and the test result came back positive on Wednesday.

“I’m glad that it’s closed because of the coronavirus,” Lujan said. “I hope that they clean it and they’re safe and that people are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

Dutch Bros says a third party service was hired to deep clean the coffee stand before reopening.

Even before this happened, Dutch Bros had been taking precautions at all of their locations across the region.

“They all wear masks. They all are protecting customers,” Lujan said. “They’re all doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”

The coffee chain has also taken measures like increasing hand-washing and sanitizing, closing their walk-up windows and switching to a cashless system.

They’ve also identified all of the employees who came in contact with the infected worker and placed them on paid leave.

“I think that they took precautions that they needed to take precautions on and made sure and sheltered all the other employees,” Lujan said.

Dutch Bros has not announced a reopening date for the East Hammer Lane location. Other locations remain open across the region.

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