The Shawnee County health department has temporarily shut down Doug’s Service Center for allegedly violating “isolation and quarantine orders.”
Craig Barnes, division manager in Community Health Outreach and Planning at the Health Department, said after the store closed at 5:30 p.m. today, employees of the store will not be allowed to return for at least 48 hours and after the store is deep cleaned.
Businesses temporarily closed by the health department for violating COVID-19 protocols must also “submit a plan to the Health Officer addressing safety measures moving forward,” said an Oct. 7 press release announcing the closure.
Doug Rosencutter, owner of Doug’s Service Center, 601 SW Fairlawn Rd., said two employees tested positive for COVID-19, but those employees have not been back to work since they tested positive.
“I have done everything they have asked me to do,” he said.
Rosencutter said his employees are always cleaning and wearing protective equipment to keep everyone safe. He said he will comply with the order and have his business professionally cleaned, but said he did not think the county health department should have temporarily shut him down.
Barnes said the health department investigates how businesses handle active cases among staff before deciding to temporarily close a business. Barnes said Gianfranco Pezzino, Shawnee County Health officer, makes the decision to temporarily close down businesses.
Pezzino did not immediately respond to request for comment.
“It is important that the public be aware of this information in case they were present at Doug’s Service Center between October 1st and 6th,” said Linda Ochs Shawnee County Health Department Director in the Oct. 7 press release. “We encourage any individuals to contact their healthcare provider if they begin to exhibit any symptoms related to COVID-19”.
Rosencutter said he wants customers to know they are safe at his business.
“We will be back next week,” he said.