Owner closes Lake Dow Chick-Fil-A in McDonough after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Franchise operator Mike Fleming said he voluntarily closed his Lake Dow Chick-Fil-A location after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Fleming says he'll reopen at a date to be determined after "local health authorities" give the all-clear.

McDONOUGH—The Lake Dow Chick-Fil-A location at 860 Georgia Hwy. 81 East in McDonough is closed after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The News attempted to reach the store's franchise operator, Mike Fleming, for comment but got a recorded message saying the store was closed. A message also was left for Chick-Fil-A's corporate communications team.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Fleming wrote, "Hi McDonough Community, The health and well-being of all of our Guests and Team Members is of utmost importance, which is why I wanted to provide an update on a recent situation.

"I have decided to voluntarily close our restaurant immediately after learning someone on our team has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are working with local health authorities, as well as disinfecting and deep cleaning the restaurant in accordance with public health guidelines. If you have any questions about possible exposure, please contact your healthcare provider and refer to CDC guidance."

Fleming said the location's reopening date "will be determined following clearance from local health authorities."

In a bio linked to the store's Facebook page, Chick-Fil-A notes that Fleming has donated "over several hundred-thousands of dollars worth of food to the McDonough community since 2014 (and) he has truly blessed others with the resources entrusted to him. Mark is a great leader to his team and nurtures a caring and family-like environment."

As of press time, there was no word as to whether Fleming or other team members may also have tested positive.

The Georgia Department of Public Heath has posted COVID-19 guidelines for businesses at https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-businesses-and-employers, some of which include:

• Encouraging customers and employees alike to use good hand hygiene and "common sense" practices like social distancing in checkout lines

• Reviewing absenteeism policies and encouraging sick employees to stay home

• Establishing a relationship with your local health department and contacting them with any COVID-19 concerns or questions

• Discouraging stigma against employees who are ill

Find out more about COVID-19 in Henry County at https://www.co.henry.ga.us/Residents/COVID-19

Follow all the latest local, county, state and national COVID-19 news at henryherald.com/coronavirus 

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