CORMORANT, Minn. — Over the summer, a restaurant in Becker County that wants to remain unnamed was the nexus of a community spread for the coronavirus, showing just how quickly the virus can hit a group of people.
The outbreak impacted at least two dozen people that visited the restaurant that is near Cormorant, Minn. A bartender from the restaurant was briefly hospitalized with COVID-19 around the time of the outbreak.
A man who wished to remain anonymous met with several friends at the restaurant in lakes country during the Fourth of July. According to him, due to the holiday season, the restaurant was packed.
"We went into a restaurant that wasn't following guidelines, and a whole bunch of people got it," he said.
Shortly after going to the restaurant, the customer and his friends got mild symptoms, so they got tested.
"The social circles, how they intersected, for sure 20 people we knew, confirmed tested positive. Our social circle intertwined with a lot of groups that night, and that is how we were able to track down that night who got it," the customer explained.
What happened at the restaurant over the Fourth is now a reminder to him and his young friends.
"It was lucky how it turned out and nobody got seriously ill," he remarked.
The restaurant did shut down briefly for cleaning following the outbreak, but Becker County Public Health has said it was never made aware of the community spread event. The customer we spoke with said those who were in his group and tested positive were not contacted.