Brewery co-founder says safety measures a priority after 8 COVID-19 cases reported

Brewery co-founder says safety measures a priority after 8 COVID-19 cases reported

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Cabarrus County health officials are investigating eight cases of COVID-19 that they said are linked to the Old Armor Beer Company in downtown Kannapolis.

Co-founder Kyle Lingafelt said the cases stem from Labor Day weekend.

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The brewery in Kannapolis has been deep cleaned three times since then and remains open.

“It is tough and as a small business,” Lingafelt said. “You have a case that is just cringing to hear.”

He said one of his employees tested positive and hasn’t been at work since Sept. 6.

The eight people who tested positive reported visiting the location. However, health officials haven’t said if any of them are in the same family or were in the same group.

“They stated we can’t prove anything is the source, or this is where it was contracted,” Lingafelt said. “We can’t prove any of that.”

In addition to the deep cleaning, Old Armor requires people to wear masks whenever they aren’t sitting.

The brewery also has reduced capacity and provides hand sanitizer.

“If we see a weak link in our armor, we’re going to fix it,” Lingafelt said. “We’re going to try to fix it.”

Lingafelt said staff members get temperature screenings, and the brewery will do all it can to keep people safe.

“We just want everyone safe to enjoy their beer. That is our goal,” he said.

The Cabarrus Health Alliance is asking for anyone who has been to Old Armor over the past two weeks to keep an eye on their symptoms and consider getting tested.

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