Restaurant Owners Face Tricky Decisions During Virus – Brevard, NC
Last updated 11/25/2020 at 4:50pm
After an employee notified him of a COVID-19 diagnosis on Nov. 18, Bruce Stewart, owner of the restaurant KTCHN in downtown Brevard, faced the sudden reality of closure.
Stewart notified Transylvania Public Health and began the process of closure and quarantine based on guidelines provided by the department.
For Stewart, that process has been an educational journey, first with not having access to “concrete evidence” on the employee’s positive test due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA), a federal statute that protects the privacy of the pat...