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I know the COVID-19 information is overwhelming and some people aren't believers, but our numbers are on the rise.  In fact, three Rochester restaurants were listed on the latest list from the Minnesota Department of Health where COVID-19 outbreaks are linked.

On Tuesday, Minnesota received the news that our Governor was turning back the dials to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in our state.  As that was happening, I noticed a story by Bring Me The News that stated 58 bars and restaurants were recently added to the list of places linked to COVID-19 outbreaks.  I casually scrolled through wondering and hoping that the places I stopped at the last few weeks in Minneapolis were safe but was honestly a bit taken aback when I saw several Rochester restaurants listed.

I reached out to the Minnesota Department of Health to verify the list and information after not being able to find it on their website.  They were very helpful and sent me the following report that was updated on November 6th, 2020.

As of 11/05/2020, there have been 194 establishments that have been investigated (referred to environmental health for follow up) for suspected patron transmission of COVID-19 in MN. There have been a total of 209 investigations at these 194 establishments; some establishments have been investigated more than once. There are 3,373 unique cases that report visiting these investigated establishments.
Of these investigations, 117 have met the outbreak threshold and the establishment names have been released to the media. There are 2,406 unique cases that report visiting these outbreak establishments.

New to the list in November:

  • Applebee's Bar & Grill, Eden Prairie, 8 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Log Cabin Bar, Emily, 10 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Olive Garden, Coon Rapids, 12 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Perkins, Blaine, 9 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • The Cheesecake Factory, Minnetonka, 9 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • The Lookout Supper Club, Maple Grove, 12 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Willy McCoys, Andover, 18 total cases, 12 unique cases
  • Winner's Sports Bar & Grill, Sartell, 11 total cases, 7 unique cases

New to the list in October:

  • Applebee’s Bar & Grill, Baxter, 7 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Applebee’s Bar & Grill, Bemidji, 13 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Applebee’s Bar & Grill, Grand Rapids, 10 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Applebee’s Bar & Grill, Mankato. 10 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Applebee’s Bar& Grill, New Ulm, 16 total cases, 15 unique cases
  • Applebee’s Bar & Grill, Roseville, 10 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Applebee’s Bar & Grill, St Cloud, 20 total cases,11 unique cases
  • Baldamar, Roseville, 12 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • Blainbrook Entertainment Center, Blaine, 15 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Boulder Tap House, Alexandria, 13 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Boulder Tap House, Baxter, 18 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Brick & Bourbon, Maple Grove, 21 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, Bemidji,13 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Bunny’s Bar & Grill, St Louis Park, 16 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Carbone’s, Burnsville, 9 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Conga Latin Bistro, Minneapolis, 14 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Crave, Rochester, 10 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • D Michael B’s, Alexandria, 16 total cases, 11 unique cases
  • Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill, Eagan, 10 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Elk’s Lodge, Alexandria, 12 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Fogo de Chao, Minneapolis, 14 total cases, 11 unique cases
  • Fozzie’s Thief, River Falls, 12 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Grandma’s Saloon (Canal Park), Duluth, 21 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Granite City Food & Brewery, St Cloud, 17 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Hickory Lodge Bar & Grill, Worthington, 9 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Jimmy’s Food & Drink, Vadnais Heights, 17 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Jimmy’s Pour House, Sauk Rapids, 15 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • La Casita Mexican Restaurant, Waite Park, 11 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Malone’s Bar & Grill, Maple Grove, 14 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • Maple Tavern, Maple Grove, 23 total cases, 12 unique cases
  • Maynard’s, Rogers, 23 total cases, 12 unique cases
  • Muddy Cow, Cottage Grove, 12 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Olive Garden, Burnsville, 11 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • Olive Garden, Waite Park, 13 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Perkins, Fairmont, 16 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • Red Lobster, St Cloud, 13 total cases,10 unique cases
  • Route 47 Pub & Grub, Fridley, 11 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • Sak’s Sports Bar, Vadnais Heights, 20 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • Seven Steakhouse, Minneapolis -Downtown, 14 total cases, 11 unique cases
  • Shep’s on 6th, Brainerd, 15 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Surfside Bar & Grill, Mound, 8 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Surly Brewing Company, Minneapolis, 19 total cases, 13 unique cases
  • Texas Roadhouse, Coon Rapids, 20 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • Texas Roadhouse, Duluth, 11 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • Texas Roadhouse, Rochester, 14 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Texas Roadhouse, Waite Park, 12 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Texas Roadhouse, Woodbury, 22 total cases,13 unique cases
  • The Cheesecake Factory, Edina, 11 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • The Fall Inn Tavern, Duluth, 12 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • The Grumpy Minnow Restaurant, Stanchfield,10 total cases, 7 unique cases
  • The Hilltop, Edina, 17 total cases,10 unique cases
  • Tobies Restaurant, Hinckley, 14 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • Tokyo Sushi, Maplewood, 12 total cases, 10 unique cases
  • West Forty Restaurant, Park Rapids, 12 total cases, 11 unique cases
  • Whistle Binkies (Woodlake Dr), Rochester, 11 total cases, 8 unique cases
  • White Bear Bar, White Bear Lake, 11 total cases, 9 unique cases
  • Yard House, St Louis Park, 21 total cases, 9 unique cases

Rochester first showed up on the list in July when Dooley's Pub in downtown Rochester was linked to 39 total cases and 14 unique cases.

Total cases = cases linked to the establishment, including COVID positive individuals who visited more than one establishment.

Unique cases = COVID-positive cases from individuals who state they only visited these establishments

A few notes that were on the report from the Minnesota Department of Health:

  • Though cases report visiting at least one of the investigated establishments, this may not be the true source of their infection.
  • Secondary cases (further transmission from these cases to household members of the cases, co-workers, or others) are not included in this report.

For questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, call the Minnesota Helpline at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504, Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  You can also see the list of COVID-19 symptoms and information on when to get tested here.

Please, wear a mask.  Wash your hands.  If you have any symptoms, get tested.  Stay 6 feet apart.

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