ROCHESTER, Minn. - Dooley’s Pub in Rochester has closed temporarily due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases, including two employees testing positive.
Dooley’s closed on Friday ahead of the holiday weekend, and owner Tory Runkle said it was in an attempt to help flatten the curve.
He said he plans to stay closed the rest of the week and is waiting to see what Gov. Walz decides to do about a potential shutdown.
“We will continue to take all necessary precautions while maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and preventative measures toward preventing the virus from spreading in our community any further,” Dooley’s said on social media.
Olmsted County Public Health issued the following statement on the situation:
"Olmsted County Public Health connects with all Olmsted County individuals who have been COVID-19 positive to begin a case investigation. In this instance, it was discovered within the case investigation that the individual was an employee of Dooley’s Pub. Olmsted County Public Health has been working closely with the Dooley’s management to identify additional staff that may have been exposed and in close contact with this employee. Those individuals have all been contacted through OCPHS and provided information about the situation as well as guidance on monitoring for symptoms while limiting risk for further transmission."
"Dooley’s continues to be a trusted partner with Olmsted County Public Health and has sent notification to their employees about the situation and anyone who had been in direct contact with the staff member who tested positive will be contacted by OCPHS and placed on a 14 day self-isolation. These guidelines are put into place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The decision to temporarily close was made by Dooley’s management for the health and safety of their staff, families and the public."