Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina – A COVID-19 outbreak at a Chick-fil-A distribution center is impacting deliveries to some local restaurants.
A source told WRAL News the outbreak could delay shipments by at least 24 hours.
The Fuquay-Varina location closed for the day, according to a message to customers in the Chick-fil-A app. The post said the shutdown was due to an issue with a distributor but did not mention COVID-19.
The Holly Springs site was expecting a Wednesday morning delivery, but was told it wouldn’t arrive until the evening, and a Garner site could also be forced to close early due to lack of supplies.
WRAL News is working to determine if this is a widespread problem.
The reported outbreak comes as COVID-19 cases increase statewide, in large part due to the highly contagious Delta variant and an increase in public gatherings without masks.
In North Carolina, 14% of all tests taken in the past day were positive, the state’s highest percentage rate of positive since January.
Hospitals are reporting the largest one-day increase in intensive care admissions since the start of the pandemic, with 557 people now in intensive care and 2,179 people treated statewide.
Queues of more than two hours were reported this week at COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in Wake County, which have already tested more than 15,000 people in the first 10 days of August.
According to WRAL data trackers, that’s 2,000 more than the whole of July and double the total for June tests.