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Middlesex-London Health Unit declares COVID-19 outbreak at Delilah’s on Richmond Row

London's Richmond Row, as seen on Sept. 23, 2020.
London's Richmond Row, as seen on Sept. 23, 2020. Andrew Graham / 980 CFPL

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Delilah’s after three staff members tested positive.

The casual fine dining restaurant opened earlier this month at the location that was previously home to the Barking Frog bar on Richmond Row.

The health unit says it was notified of the cases on Nov. 12, 13, and 14 “and established the connection to the restaurant” on Monday afternoon.

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“The risk of transmission in this situation is low, but it isn’t zero,” said associate medical officer of health Dr. Alex Summers.

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“That’s why we’re asking anyone who was at Delilah’s between November 5 and 12 to monitor themselves for the development of COVID-19 symptoms.”

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Summers adds that the health unit will continue to follow up with the three staff members to determine their close contacts, provide support, and take steps to prevent further spread.

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Global News has reached out to Delilah’s for comment but had yet to receive a response as of publication time.

However, an Instagram post on Monday afternoon attributed to management said “upon learning one of our staff members tested positive for Covid-19, we immediately closed the restaurant for the safety of our staff and guests and for a thorough cleaning and sanitization.”

“We’re committed to doing our part and keeping the community safe,” the statement ended.

Delilah’s opened earlier this month, with social media posts Nov. 6 showing the sign for Barking Frog being removed from the building at the corner of Richmond and John streets.