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Bardenay employee with COVID-19 did not have contact with customers

Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery in Coeur d'Alene is closed out of an abundance of caution while the restaurant awaits test results for staff members.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — An employee of Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery who tested positive for COVID-19 did not have contact with customers, health officials said on Tuesday. 

Katherine Hoyer with the Panhandle Health District said they received this information from Bardenay's management. The health district is conducting contact tracing the same way it would with other cases and interviewing the person to determine close contacts, she added.  

Bardenay is awaiting the results of coronavirus tests for its staff, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant. The employee worked in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 17. 

"Thank you for your patience and understanding while we go through this process under the guidance of the public health authorities," the post reads.

The restaurant announced via Facebook on Monday that it would temporarily close out of an abundance of caution. 

"This closure gives us time to thoroughly clean and sanitize our facility to meet the standards/requirements of the Health Department. We will continue to update you and we hope to be able to safely welcome guests back soon," the post reads. 

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