Food Service Workers

Sydney Boles / Ohio Valley ReSource

As the economic fallout from the coronavirus continues to reshape our lives, small-town business owners are worried about the future. Whitesburg, Kentucky —  a town already struggling from the decline in the coal industry — is grappling with a new and serious challenge as the effort to contain the disease brings deep economic pain. 

 

Food Service Fallout: Coronavirus Closures Hit Ohio Valley Workers

Mar 16, 2020
Tim Sharp / WOUB

Ray’s Harvest House in Albany, Ohio, had to lay off 11 people following Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s order that all bars and restaurants close dine-in services. Denise Hager was a cook at the restaurant and said she’ll miss seeing and talking to all of her regular customers.

“I don’t like it, but then again I don’t have any control,” Hager said. 

Hager said she isn’t sure what she’ll do about the financial hit she’ll take from not working.

Restaurant owners and food service workers in the Ohio Valley are worried about their livelihoods now that Governors in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana have ordered all bars and restaurants closed to dine-in customers.

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Health officials in West Virginia say they've identified five more hepatitis A cases in food service workers.

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says a McDonald's on Patrick Street in Charleston, a Pizza Hut on Third Street in Saint Albans, Paul's Poplar Park Drive Inn in Scott Depot, Sakura on Nitro Place in Cross Lanes and Sam's Club on Mountaineer Boulevard in South Charleston each had one worker identified.