SCHENECTADY & SARATOGA COUNTIES — The popular Jumpin’ Jack’s Drive-in in Scotia has shut down its ice cream building after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, the popular eatery announced on Saturday.
While the food building remains open, the ice cream building was shut down on Saturday so those who have worked there in the last week can quarantine. An employee who worked there on Aug. 16, 18, 19, and 20 has tested positive for COVID-19. The person was wearing a mask while working, and they were asymptomatic, Jumpin’ Jacks said on Facebook.
While the business said it is working with the Schenectady County Health Department on what its next steps should be, the risk to the public is considered very low, and the Health Department did not issue an official advisory. The building was closed so that employees who worked there can quarantine, not because of risk from being in the building itself.
“Customers do not need to quarantine, just monitor their health,” Jumpin’ Jacks posted. “DoH feels the risk of exposure for customers is very low, based on our operating procedures.”
The announcement from the summertime destination located next to the Western Gateway Bridge comes as Saratoga County officials reported Saturday morning that there were two more low-risk exposures in that county, which has had a series of exposures in recent weeks through restaurant workers.
In one exposure, an employee at the Olde Bryan Inn in Saratoga Springs tested positive. They worked on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from noon to 9 p.m. Officials said the employee was masked at all times while working, and the exposure was to those in the restaurant’s front room.
The second potential Saratoga County exposure was at the Wilton Food Pantry at the Trinity United Methodist Church. The person who tested positive worked there from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 15, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
While the person involved did not distribute food, they did handle food items while wearing a mask and gloves at all times, county officials said. Anyone who received food at the pantry during those times is asked to self-monitor for symptoms, and contact a doctor if they develop symptoms.
In other COVID news, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo reported Saturday that novel coronavirus positivity rates remain low across the state — below one percent — while hospitalizations and numbers of people in intensive care units hit new lows since the start of the pandemic in mid-March.
There were four COVID deaths reported statewide on Friday, but the governor’s office said one of the deaths was in Montgomery County.