CDC report links restaurants and bars to positive coronavirus cases in 10 states

New study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looks at positive and negative cases during peak summer resurgence of the virus; the National Restaurant Association calls report flawed, saying agency shouldn't blame one industry for spreading COVID-19.


Nancy Luna, Nation's Restaurant News

Sep 11, 2020


Adults who tested positive for COVID-19 during a peak summer resurgence of the deadly virus were twice as likely to have reported dining on site at a restaurant or drinking establishment within two weeks of being tested as compared to those who tested negative, according to a new report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Study participants, who were symptomatic, were tested in July at 11 U.S. health care facilities in California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington.


The findings showed that “close contact with persons with known COVID-19 or going to locations that offer on-site eating and drinking options were associated with COVID-19 positivity,” according to the CDC.  The Sept. 11 report is part of the federal agency’s ongoing look at how community and close contact exposures contribute to the spread of COVID-19.


The study initially included 802 patients. That was eventually narrowed down to a sample size of 314 which included 154 adults with positive results and 160 with negative results, or control patients. Each patient was asked a series of detailed contact tracing questions such as known exposure to anyone with COVID-19, workplace exposures and mask-wearing behavior.


They were also asked about activities they might have participated in within 14 days of showing symptoms including: shopping, attending any at-home gathering, dining at a restaurant or visiting a coffee shop, using public transportation, visiting a salon or gym and attending a church gathering.


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