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Ferndale's Imperial reports possible Covid-19 case in customer

June 28, 2020, 1:56 PM by  Violet Ikonomova

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A customer at Imperial in Ferndale reported testing positive for Covid-19 in a case that could not immediately be confirmed by the county health department, restaurant management says.

Management made staff aware of the possible case in a weekend memo circulated on social media.

The restaurant was deep-cleaned and has maintained normal hours, marketing director Sagen Isham tells Deadline Detroit. Staff members are encouraged to get tested if they have symptoms or concerns.

The customer told the restaurant he dined there Thursday and tested positive shortly after. He was unable to provide details about his experience, like what his server looked like and where he sat, Isham said.

The county's contact tracers have not yet traced any positive cases to the restaurant, she said.

Imperial, a Mexican-inspired restaurant, is owned by the same group behind Ferndale's Public House and Antihero.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order letting restaurants reopen mandates they notify employees if they learn someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19 has visited the location. They're required to close immediately and perform a deep cleaning only if an employee shows symptoms.

The scare at Imperial follows one at Grey Ghost in Midtown Detroit. That restaurant was closed for the weekend after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.

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