UPDATE: Hepatitis A confirmed in Cave City Cracker Barrel Employee

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CAVE CITY, Ky. (WBKO) -- The Cave City Cracker Barrel has reopened after the Barren River Health Department confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker.

As of Sunday night, the restaurant was reopened. At that time, no one at the restaurant was able to comment on the how long they've been reopened.


The Barren River District Health Department has has confirmed a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker at Cracker Barrel in Cave City.

Health officials believe the risk of restaurant patrons being affected is low.

The affected employee was diagnosed on December 27, and the restaurant was inspected, resulting in no food code violations.

In a statement, a Cracker Barrel spokesperson says they have voluntarily closed the restaurant. They are working with the health department to to arrange for all employees to be vaccinated.

The statement continues, "We want to assure our guests and employees that our Cave City location is safe and open, and we will continue to take all steps available to deliver a safe and welcoming dining experience."

As of December 15, Kentucky has had a total of 3,265 cases of Hepatitis A. Barren County has had a total of 9.

The Barren River District Health Department says it is important to remember that the Hepatitis A virus was not found in food from any restaurants during this outbreak. Health officials urge people to get their Hepatitis A vaccine.

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