“Two ill patrons have tested positive for the same strain of norovirus. Based on symptoms reported and these preliminary laboratory results, the cause of the outbreak is believed to be norovirus, though the specific source of the norovirus has not yet been identified,” said Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department. The restaurant in question was reopened last Wednesday after a thorough cleansing, and officials haven’t been alerted to any further cases of illness from the location.
Chipotle leadership isn’t placing blame on the company’s food supply, but rather on inadequate health preparation at the restaurant. Speaking during a quarterly earnings call with investors on Tuesday, Mark Crumpacker, Chief Marketing and Development Officer at Chipotle, said: “We conducted a thorough investigation and it appears that someone in the restaurant leadership did not adhere to our food safety protocol. We believe someone worked while sick.”