CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services is investigating potential community exposures related to a person with confirmed COVID-19 at Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery, at 58 Route 27, Raymond, according to a press release Friday.
DHHS has determined that the person was in the bar area on the following dates:
· Friday July 24, 2020, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
· Saturday July 25, 2020, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
· Sunday July 26, 2020, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Any individuals who visited the Tuckaway Tavern and sat at the bar during those days and times may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should contact NH DHHS at (603) 271-4496 for further guidance, the release said.
DHHS has conducted a contact investigation and notified known close contacts directly.
However, DHHS is making this public notification because there may be additional individuals at the location during those days and times who were exposed to the coronavirus, the release said.
According to Tuckaway’s Facebook page, the Butchery is open normal hours and the restaurant is expected to reopen soon after being professionally cleaned after a bartender tested positive for COVID-19. At a press conference Thursday, public health officials said the names of businesses where workers have tested positive will only be made public if the state believes there could be a risk to the public.
Gov. Chris Sununu said that was to protect the privacy of the individual.
Businesses are not required to notify the state if a worker tests positive for COVID-19. A Tuckaway posting on Facebook said: “We have already been in communication with the CDC and have been assured we are taking the exact precautions they would expect out of a responsible business.
“For those inquiring, the employee was a bartender on the restaurant side (fully masked) whose last shift was Sunday. They were also here Friday of last week. They had chest tightness yesterday, were tested immediately + reported their positive test results to us moments before our post.”
COVID-19 can present with a wide range of symptoms including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell. Any person who develops new symptoms should stay home, limit their contact with others, immediately contact their healthcare provider and get tested for COVID-19. Guidance for self-quarantine is available at: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/covid19/self-quarantine-covid.pdf
Whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, multiple testing options throughout the State are available to potentially exposed individuals. For persons without health insurance or a primary care provider, testing is available and can be scheduled by calling (603) 271-5980 or through completing the online form at https://business.nh.gov/DOS_COVID19Testing.