Girl tests positive for COVID-19 after Stockton McDonald’s notifies her of possible exposure

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STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — A San Joaquin County woman says her 16-year-old daughter was diagnosed with COVID-19 just two days after being notified that a coworker at her McDonald’s job also tested positive. 

Now, she’s hoping other businesses take the necessary safety precautions to keep employees and customers safe. 

“On Wednesday, when she went into work there was a cleaning crew there. They were open for business and everyone was working as usual,” said Julie Ignacio. “She asked what’s going on. They said, ‘We had COVID in here someone tested positive.’” 

Julie says her daughter, Allison, normally works at the McDonald’s on West Charter Way in Stockton but has been in isolation since Friday. 

“Feeling real sluggish, but she’s doing OK,” Julie told FOX40. “But so far, it’s like a bad cold. But it’s emotionally tolling on everybody.” 

Julie says her daughter only recently started to show symptoms.

“What was upsetting was that she had what we thought was a sinus infection,” said Julie. 

While Julie says close family member and her daughter’s best friend are now getting tested out of precaution, she’s hoping more is done to keep employees and customers safe. 

“You just can’t be too careful. It has to be mandatory: the masks, the distancing, every safety precaution,” said Julie. 

FOX40 reached out to McDonald’s for comment and the franchise owner for the West Charter Way location released the following statement:

As soon as we were notified of the confirmed case at our restaurant, we conducted a thorough sanitization procedure in accordance with CDC guidelines, as well as contacted the San Joaquin Health Department to inform them of the positive case. Additionally, we identified and reached out to any restaurant staff who had been in contact with the employee who contracted the virus. These employees have been advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days to ensure they remain healthy before returning to work.

We continue to operate in accordance with the guidance of the CDC and in full compliance with all state-level orders, including PPE requirements. We installed protective panels at front-counter and in the Drive Thru and have been adhering to social distancing guidelines and enhanced hygiene procedures. We are also conducting wellness checks before each shift, and after breaks, to ensure our employees are healthy and feeling their best. All employees have been provided with the required gloves and masks for use. In addition, we have further increased the frequency of required cleaning and sanitizing high-touchpoint surfaces, as well as continuing to promote regular and thorough hand washing to remind our team of our best practices for personal hygiene.

Our people are the heart and soul of the McDonald’s family and we are keeping this employee in our thoughts for a fast and full recovery.

MCDCC VI LP, McDonald’s Owner/Operators.

FOX40 also reached out to the county public health department but is still waiting to hear back. 

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