SC restaurant tells customers who experience coronavirus symptoms to see doctor
Crush3, a restaurant and bar in downtown Anderson, has closed until further notice and is urging recent customers who experience symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their physicians for guidance on being tested.
The restaurant's announcement, which came in a post on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, followed the hospitalization of its owner last week, according to a manager of the restaurant and a post on the restaurant owner's Facebook page.
The announcement reads: "Crush3 will remain closed until further notice. In an abundance of caution, we encourage any of our recent customers who experience any COVID-19 symptoms to contact your Primary Care Physician for further guidance on being tested. Thank you all for your continued support throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!"
Officials at the state Department of Health and Environmental Control did not immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment. In an email, a spokesperson for DHEC said patient privacy concerns prevent the agency from sharing some details of specific cases.
"We do not have any information about any specific restaurants," said Antonio Diggs, a spokesperson for the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
Stephen Combs, a spokesperson for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office emergency management division, said Tuesday afternoon he had not heard anything about health concerns at Crush3.
"We have not heard a peep out of DHEC about any of this," Combs said. "I am stunned... This is critical information that we need to know to effectively care for our community."
Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts said he, too, was unaware of any health issues at Crush3.
"I hadn't heard anything from the hospital system," Roberts said. "I have not heard anything officially."
The manager of Crush3, Mark Bolden, and a post on the restaurant owner's Facebook page said the owner is being treated at AnMed Health Medical Center in Anderson.
A spokeswoman for AnMed Health could not confirm that the owner was in the hospital.
Bolden said he closed Crush3 on Monday for "precautionary measures."
Two middle-aged people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Anderson County, according to DHEC. Those people have not been identified.
Crush3 is located at 121 North Main Street in Anderson. No sign about its closure was posted on its front door Tuesday.
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