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Posted on: October 21, 2020

Public Health Investigates COVID-19 Outbreak at Dillon Dam Brewery

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Dillon business reports two cases among employees; all known positive cases have been isolated and all known close contacts have been quarantined

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Public Affairs Coordinator, Summit County Public Health

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Public Health Department, in coordination with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 at Dillon Dam Brewery. The restaurant and brewpub currently has two confirmed cases among its employees.

"COVID-19 is highly contagious as individuals can spread the virus during their infectious period, a day or two before they develop symptoms and even know they have the virus,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. "In this case and in several others where we have seen workplace spread, employees worked while they were infectious and unknowingly spread the virus to others. Once they developed symptoms, they immediately got tested and stayed home from work. Their prompt action helped minimize the spread and keep their coworkers safe.” 

“This emphasizes how important it is to get tested as soon as you develop symptoms. If you know you have potentially been exposed, begin quarantine immediately and stay separated from others. Don’t wait for symptoms to develop,” added Wineland.

Dillon Dam Brewery is the largest brewpub located in the Colorado Rockies and employer to approximately 60 individuals from the Summit County community. The two employees were tested for COVID-19 on Oct. 13 and Oct. 18, after developing symptoms. Public Health received the positive test results on Oct. 20. 

Management at Dillion Dam Brewery had been extremely proactive in following all recommended Physical Distancing Protocol and Public Health guidelines including keeping a log of employee symptoms and sending any employees home that reported having symptoms while at work. 

“We work diligently every day to ensure a safe environment for our employees and guests. We begin every shift with the screening of employees for symptoms using the screening protocol and recording it. In addition, all staff wear masks consistently and properly, and maintain 6 feet of distancing,” explained Kim Nix, Dam Brewery General Manager. “We don’t allow staff to hang out and socialize after work. We have a professional cleaning service that is following the enhanced cleaning protocols and our managers and staff are constantly cleaning throughout the day using the approved cleaning and disinfecting products. To create more room in the dining areas for the safety of our employees and staff, we removed about 50% of our tables and chairs and stored them off-site. We take safety very, very seriously, every day.”

“We have learned that even if you are doing your best, COVID-19 is highly contagious. After we found out about our first case, we completed a double clean and disinfection of the restaurant. We hope for a speedy recovery for our staff members. We are open and have healthy staff members running the restaurant and brewery, and have been following all guidance from Summit Public Health and CDPHE,” added Nix. “We encourage everyone to recommit to wearing masks properly, maintaining 6 feet of physical distancing, washing hands frequently, staying home if you feel ill, and getting tested if you have symptoms. Let’s all be careful, so we can have a great ski season.”

The outbreak investigation at Dillon Dam Brewery, including thorough contact tracing, remains in progress. Summit County Public Health’s contact tracing team is conducting an investigation of the positive cases’ close contacts. The positive cases have been placed in isolation, and all close contacts identified thus far have been placed under quarantine. As with any communicable disease investigation, this COVID-19 investigation will take time to complete.

Information on Summit County positive cases can be found on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

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