Possible exposure at AuSable Forks bar

The Essex County Health Department is warning of a possible COVID-19 exposure at a bar in AuSable Forks.

The department said several people who have tested positive for COVID-19 reported being in 20 Main on state Route 9N in the hamlet of AuSable Forks, which lies on the border between Clinton and Essex counties. The department is asking that anyone who visited the bar anytime between Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 15 monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19.

Possible symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

Those who experience any of these symptoms should get tested and notify the county Health Department.

The owners of the bar, Jean and Dave Wiswell, announced the exposure on social media last week and said the bar would be closed until at least Dec. 1. The bar owners initially planned to still offer free take-out meals on Thanksgiving, but they later announced that would no longer happen.

“As were are now self-quarantining we are very sad to announce we will not be able to provide the free turkey dinner take out we were planning for Thanksgiving Day,” the owners wrote. “We have been offering this meal to the town since we bought the bar in 2014 and are heartbroken we can’t do it again this year. We want to thank everyone who offered us support for this endeavor. We love this town and plan on bringing 20 Main back better than ever. Next year we hope to resume the (AuSable Forks Fire Department) fundraiser in April, Hope For Miracles in the summer and start a new event for the local SPCAs.”


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