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Several local businesses temporarily closed as QCA sees uptick in COVID-19 cases, employees test positive

Atomic Coffee, The Foundry Food and Tap and The Vault Beauty Lounge and Urban Retreat are all temporarily closed.

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Several local businesses are temporarily closed after employees were confirmed with the coronavirus. 

As cases surge in the Quad Cities, The QC COVID-19 Coalition says it meets with businesses affected and gives them guidelines on a case by case basis. 

"(Businesses) certainly need to close down for deep cleaning," Scott County Health Department Deputy Director Amy Thoreson says. "It depends on volume of cases, whether they can continue to stay open, or on the number of staff infected." 

Check back here for updates as other businesses may be added to this list.

Fat Sacks QC closed as a precaution to an uptick in positive coronavirus cases in the Quad Cities area. The restaurant in downtown Davenport is offering a limited menu for curbside pickup over Independence Day weekend. Full service is expected to resume on Thursday, July 9.

Atomic Coffee closed Wednesday, June 24 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Atomic did not specify which store the employee worked at, but said all locations would reopen on Saturday, June 27.

UPDATE: Earlier today it was discovered that we have had one confirm... ed case of COVID-19 with in the company. Although this particular individual has not worked this week, we feel its necessary to take preemptive measures to avoid any potential spread. All employees have been notified and are currently undergoing screenings before returning to work.

The Foundry Food + Tap, near the TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf, also announced two employees tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The restaurant is closed until Tuesday, June 30 as staff work to "get our house in order," owner Michael Dewitte said in a Facebook post. 

Director of Operations Paul Martinez with Foundry Food + Tap says its employees are getting tested too. 

"It gives us time to really understand what we're dealing with here," Martinez says. "We're not sure if it's just two employees infected. If you know anything about this virus, there's a potential that more people could be... we're just doing what feels right"

Previously, staff were not required to wear face masks. When the Foundry reopens on Tuesday, Dewitte said all employees will be required to wear masks when interacting with customers. 

The Vault Beauty Lounge and Urban Retreat in downtown Davenport is closed indefinitely after employees were exposed to the coronavirus, the spa announced on Thursday. 

All employees are set to be tested and are self-isolating. 

Baked Beer & Bread Co. in the East Village of Davenport is closed for the weekend after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The restaurant expects to reopen "Tuesday, June 30th at 11am for Carryout & Curbside service. On Thursday, July 2nd we will reopen for Dine In," according to an updated Facebook post released Sunday, June 28th. 

The employee, Baked said in a Facebook post Friday, had contracted the coronavirus at another business they worked at. 

Hello everyone, We have just been informed that one of our employee... s has tested positive for COVID. This individual has just come back to us from a previous employer & has worked very little here at our location. It has been determined via contact tracing that this individual contracted the virus at another location.

Happy Joe's in Eldrige, Iowa indefinitely closed Thursday, June 25 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The Eldridge location is temporarily closed to complete deep cleaning and said to check their Facebook page for updates. 

Los Primos Mexican Grill in Davenport also had an employee test positive for the coronavirus and is temporarily closing. 

An employee at Palmer Hills Golf Course tested positive for the coronavirus. The Palmer Grill will indefinitely serve only prepackaged snacks and drinks.

Yesterday it was discovered that we have one confirmed case of COVID... -19 within our Palmer Hills staff. This employee has not worked since the weekend but we are taking necessary measures to avoid any potential spread. All employees have been notified and those that might have been exposed are undergoing screenings before returning to work.

Bettendorf City Administrator Decker Ploehn says its employees are also being tested now, and once they get their results, he'll decide if the course can reopen over the weekend.

"We checked with the health department and they said we could stay open, but we felt it was important to protect employees and future patrons," Ploehn says.

Golfer Mudappa Kalaiah is working on his swing says he didn't know about the Palmer Grill case, but says he's not too worried.

"I usually just hit some golf balls, and I don't usually go inside," he says. "I would've still come out." 

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