Were you at Moe’s Original BBQ last Friday between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.?
If so, you may have been exposed to COVID-19. The Teton County Health Department said Thursday morning that it was working with Moe’s to determine the extent of exposure after a customer who ate there that night later tested positive for the virus.
“Due to insufficient social distancing, the patron was unable to identify specific individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19,” the department said in a press release.
The customer was presymptomatic while at Moe’s, meaning they were infectious but showing no symptoms.
Given the circumstances, the Health Department recommends that anyone who spent more than 10 minutes in the restaurant between 10:30 and 11:30 p.m. on July 10 monitor themselves for signs of COVID-19 and self-isolate until July 25.
Generally, a contact tracing investigation would identify individuals who were in close contact with the patron and ask them to isolate. Since officials can’t determine who those people are, they instead put out a blanket isolation request.
Anyone who was at the restaurant during the time in question who cannot self-isolate is asked to wear a face covering and stay 6 feet from anyone while outside their home. The restaurant is working with the Health Department in the investigation.
“Moe’s is cooperating with the Teton County Health Department to ensure current health orders are being followed,” the department’s press release said. “It is important for the public to follow the procedures that businesses have implemented to keep their patrons safe.”
Also, a town ordinance requires restaurant patrons to wear masks when they are not seated.
Anyone who isolates because of this incident and who develops signs and symptoms of COVID-19 should call St. John’s Health at 739-4898 and choose option 3, or contact their medical provider to schedule a coronavirus test.
Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or firstname.lastname@example.org.