Archer’s Tavern Centerville closes temporarily after part-time worker tests positive for COVID-19

Employee, who is not showing any symptoms, last worked July 4

Archer’s Tavern in Centerville closed temporarily Thursday night after a part-time employee who last worked on July 4 tested positive for COVID-19, a co-owner of Archer’s told this news outlet tonight.

The employee is not showing any symptoms of the coronavirus, but was tested because a co-worker at the employee’s other job had been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to Mike Fullenkamp, Archer’s co-founder.

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The restaurant and pub at 9496 Dayton Lebanon Pike (Ohio 48) in south Centerville will follow Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County protocols, including a deep cleaning and sanitation of the restaurant and testing of all other Archer’s Centerville employees, before reopening, Fullenkamp said. No timetable has been set.

Archer’s Tavern in Kettering is not affected by the temporary shutdown of the Centerville location, Fullenkamp said.

Several other restaurants across the region have dealt or are dealing with a similar situation of one or more employees testing positive for COVID-19: A Roosters restaurant in Miamisburg is shut down temporarily after five employees tested positive; Starbucks on Lyons Road in Washington Twp. is shut down because one employee tested positive, although a spokeswoman said the coffee shop could reopen as early as this week; Elsa’s Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Twp. shut down for two days in late June and is now serving carryout-only meals during dinner hours; the 416 Diner in Dayton’s Oregon District reopened Thursday after one of its employees tested positive several days earlier and all other employees tested negative; and the owners of Bill’s Donut Shop in Centerville confirmed on the shop’s Facebook page July 3 that their store is shut down for two weeks after a part-time employee tested positive for COVID-19.

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According to “Responsible Restart Ohio” protocols created by state health officials and Gov. Mike DeWine, it is mandatory for bars and restaurants to “immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms while at work, contact the local health district about suspected cases or exposures, and shut down the area for deep sanitation if possible.”

The “recommended best practices” in such cases calls upon a restaurant or bar to “work with the local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing/ notifications; once testing is readily available, test all suspected infections or exposures; and following testing, contact local health department to initiate appropriate care and tracing,” according to the “Responsible Restart Ohio” document.

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