Staff member at Eau Claire Golf & Country Club tests positive for COVID-19

Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 10:07 PM CDT
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - Tuesday, staff and members at Eau Claire Golf & Country Club were notified a server tested positive for COVID-19.

Between July 1 and July 6, management says there was a higher risk of exposure for coronavirus at the club.

Members, guests, and the staff are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms and were there during any of those days.

On Monday, Eau Claire Golf & Country Club was informed of a possible COVID-19 exposure, by both one staffer and one member.

“Once we found out that our server had tested positive then that’s when everything really started going forward with the health department as far as finding out who the server worked with, how long the shift was, when the last time they worked,” said ECGCC General Manager Peter Palacios.

Despite the club lowering capacity, cleaning everything more often, and checking all employees’ temperatures since the club re-opened, the virus still found its way inside.

Palacios says even though they are not sure where or when the employee got sick, they believe it could have been much worse.

“We may not like some of the restrictions. There may be certain things; it’s very difficult for change. It’s very difficult to change your normal pattern. But this situation is serious. It’s not anything to joke about,” he said.

The member who was feeling ill has not gotten their test results back, according to the club.

90 percent of the kitchen staff and 95 percent of the dining and administration staff, a total of 15 employees, were immediately put into a mandatory quarantine.

“The concern with the members is high, there’s no question. We have a wide range of age demographic members here but our concern is for everyone really. It’s for the children, the parents, and then of course the seniors that are members here. Loyal seniors that have been members for 20, 30 years,” said Palacios.

The five other staff members that were not quarantined, in addition to those who work on the golf course, immediately began to deep clean everything on the property.

All food and beverage service at the club is also closed, tentatively scheduled to reopen on Wednesday July 15.

If the member is confirmed to have COVID-19, Palacios also say 95 percent of the golf staff may be required to quarantine as well.

The club is currently not under a public health investigation, that happens for workplaces when two or more people test positive.

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