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IHOP dining room in Corpus Christi closed due to coronavirus concerns, Mayor Joe McComb confirms

Local officials said this week could result in the second-highest week of coronavirus cases in the county thus far.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Mayor Joe McComb confirmed that the dining area of an IHOP restaurant in Corpus Christi was closed due to coronavirus concerns. Out of the two IHOP locations in the city, the one located along SPID near La Palmera Mall is only providing takeout at this moment.

City-County Health Director Annette Rodriguez would not confirm the name of the business, but told 3News there is a restaurant currently closed to address the issue. It involves more than two individuals. She also said since March, five restaurants in total have had to temporarily close.

"We've closed the restaurants so they can do some cleaning of frequently touched surfaces before we open back up to the public," Rodriguez said. "The other reason why we close the restaurants is when we do the contact tracing, they work with these individuals closely."

Meanwhile, local officials said this week could result in the second-highest week of coronavirus cases in the county thus far. 

Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales who joined Joe Gazin live on 3 News at 6 said we have 11 new cases today. The county also has eight hospitalizations; five of them are in ICU. 

"What is alarming to me, and I'm very concerned about it, is that we looked at the week, we've only had one horrible week, and that was the week where we had lots of cases from the meat processing plant. Other than that our high was 29, but Joe we already surpassed that on Wednesday, " Canales said. 

Rodriguez stresses that if you feel sick, don't go to work. She also said employers need to take a good look at their safety measures.

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