Fort Collins Restaurant Temporarily Closes Due to Employee With Hepatitis A – Free Clinics
The Larimer County Department of Health is advising the public that a food worker employed at Tortilla Marissa's in Fort Collins has tested positive for hepatitis A. The restaurant is cooperating fully in the investigation and has agreed to voluntarily close until approved by the Department to reopen. A free clinic has been scheduled for customers who may have eaten at the restaurant in the past 2 weeks.
The risk of transmission to others occurred primarily in June, 2014, but there is a very low risk that transmission might extend back to May of this year. As of today, no secondary cases have been reported by any customers.
OFFICIAL RESPONSE FROM TORTILLA MARISSA'S
Tortilla Marissa's has voluntarily closed temporarily to protect the safety and health of our staff and loyal customers. We plan to reopen as soon as we can. We have had an employee who handled food get ill from Hepatitis A. We are taking the illness very seriously and want to insure that no one gets sick from the food they handled.
We will be working to make sure that we can safely serve you when we reopen with the help of the Larimer County Health Department. To make sure Tortilla Marissa's is as safe as possible, all of our staff have had the opportunity to get vaccinated. We have instituted some new procedures including all future staff will be required to get an Hepatitis A vaccination before being allowed to work at Tortilla Marissa's;we have written a new employee sick policy based on best practices from around the country; and created some new systems in the kitchen. All of these practices exceed the standards set by the Larimer County Health Department as we are committed to our patrons health.
While we are closed we will be doing some updating, repairs, and working on some new ideas to open back up as an even better restaurant to serve you. Don't worry, we aren't getting rid of any of your favorites! Watch Facebook, the media, and our website for more information and for the date of our reopening. We are doing everything we can to get back up and running as soon as we absolutely can.
We appreciate your support during this difficult time for our staff and the restaurant as our great employees are truly the most impacted by this closing but we want to protect the safety of our customers.
Thank you for your many years of support and we look forward to many more!
Mike & Louann
The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment will continue to provide free Hepatitis A shots through July 8th for persons who consumed food or beverages at Tortilla Marissa’s over the past 14 days.
The shots will be available at the Health Department’s immunization clinics on:
Monday, July 7, from 9am – noon and from 1 – 3:30 pm; and Tuesdays, July 1 and July 8 from 3 – 6 pm.
Appointments are necessary and can be made at 498-6767.
On-line registration for the clinics is now available through a link at larimer.org. Online pre-registration for the clinics is strongly encouraged, as it will significantly reduce wait times to receive services.