Person Who Ate at Chipotle in Northern Virginia Tests Positive for Norovirus


(NEW YORK) — A person who reported eating at a Chipotle in northern Virginia has tested positive for norovirus. But health officials say that’s not yet enough to determine the cause of the roughly 60 reported illnesses it has identified.

The location in Sterling, Virginia, was temporarily closed for cleaning this week after customers reported symptoms that Chipotle said were consistent with norovirus. That sent shares of the restaurant chain down, underscoring how vulnerable its reputation remains almost two years after an E. coli outbreak that sent its sales plunging.  

Norovirus is a leading cause of illnesses from contaminated food, and infected employees are a frequent source of the outbreaks. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Overall, one out of six Americans get sick each year by consuming contaminated food or drinks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Loudoun County Health Department in Virginia, outside Washington, D.C., says it is still awaiting further test results that should be available early next week. David Goodfriend, director of the health department, says that having another person test positive for norovirus would be a “very strong indication” that norovirus was behind the illnesses. The health department says it has identified about 60 sickened people who said they ate at the Chipotle in question.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. has stressed the safety measures it has taken to prevent such occurrences or respond quickly when they do happen. But its image is still fragile, and the chain was dealing with more bad publicity Thursday after mice fell from the ceiling in a Dallas location. Chipotle says it was an “extremely isolated incident,” and that the mice got in the restaurant because of a structural gap in the building. It said the gap has been fixed.

Shares in Chipotle fell 4.5 percent to close at $356.05, their lowest point since April 2013. The shares had been above $390 on Tuesday.

9 thoughts on “Person Who Ate at Chipotle in Northern Virginia Tests Positive for Norovirus

  1. I wish they had a chipolte in elko nv.

    Ya see…
    Usually when I get constipated.

    I just go to Taco Bell.

    That always gives me the runs for the border.

    If they had a chipolte in Elko NV.

    Then I could just use the restroom there.
    For fast effective relief.

    Instead of doing 80 mph on a 70 mile round trip after eating at Taco Bell to take a runny sht in my home depot bucket that says. ..

    Let’s do this!


    I think chipolte gives a senior discount on the
    Norovirus combo meal.

    If you look at their menu.

    It’s the #2

    1. bahahahah. Coffee all over my laptop. 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 I think that’s the best one you have done yet flee. 😆

      1. Yes… I have one.
        It’s my uncle’s old handicap seat I used on the toilet when I was nursing him back to health in Vegas after his broken hip.

        Fits like a glove.

        Plus it has handles on it.
        Just in case I blast off to the moon.
        Nothing worse then getting burned during reentry to
        earths atmosphere with nothing to hold on to.

        Stop it ladies. ..
        Your killin me..
        And yes..
        I can take a joke…
        But if you keep it up…
        I gonna put my tin foil hat on.

        I have sense that someone smells the blood of a wounded animal here.

        I told you I was fragile.

    I’m gettin bananas today.

    If this keeps up.

    I’m gonna have a surplus.

    Then I won’t have to starve for a week.

    When you get the shtty jokes that offend you or are not funny.

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