Hugh Baby’s, a burger and barbeque fast food restaurant on West Virginia University’s Evansdale campus has temporarily closed after the university was notified of a COVID-19 exposure at the eatery.
The university said Hugh Baby’s will remain closed until Thursday, Sept. 24. During that time, WVU is doing a deep cleaning of the restaurant space and is working with the Monongalia County Health Department on contact tracing. Anyone who visited the restaurant’s Evansdale Crossing eatery before Sept. 14 should self-monitor for symptoms even though potential exposure is minimal, the university said.
WVU students who attend class on the Morgantown campus have been moved to virtual learning until Sept. 25 in an effort to decrease the number of positive COVID-19 cases. Students are scheduled to return to campus on Sept. 28.
“We are closely monitoring results right now to see if a decreasing trend in the number of positive cases and positivity rate emerge in the coming days,” said Carmen Burrell, medical director of Urgent Care and Student Health Services, in a WVU press release. “We are hopeful that the short hiatus of in-person classes and the encouragement to our university community to abide by and follow recommended public health and safety protocols will continue to drive down the infection rate.”
Hugh Baby’s is the second eatery to temporarily close on the WVU campus because of COVID-19 exposure.
The university said the Starbucks location at The Market @ UPlace, which closed Sept. 2 because of virus exposure, will reopen Friday, Sept. 18. That location was also deep cleaned and has been deemed safe to reopen.