The Cracker Barrel restaurant in Harker Heights reopened its dining area earlier this week after being closed for about a week to deep-clean the facility in response to a potential health risk.

The Bell County Health Department said around July 27 that an employee of the restaurant tested positive for the virus, but it came from a non-FDA approved coronavirus test, which county health officials do not count in their COVID-19 totals. On Thursday the health department confirmed a second employee had tested positive around the same time, but that positive was also the result of a non-FDA approved test.

“Non-FDA approved test results are not counted in our overall cases as there are concerns with the reliability,” the health district said last week. “Out of an abundance of caution the facility is going to close and clean. One of our inspectors has been working with them on guidance, but we’re not seeing any evidence of a significant issue.”

The restaurant in the Market Heights shopping center closed its dining area on July 27 and conducted daily deep cleanings of the area, according to an email Wednesday from Cracker Barrel media relations.

The restaurant continued to offer curbside delivery and pickup during the time the dining area was closed.

The restaurant’s dining area reopened Monday and staff are continuing to follow guidance from the county’s health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the email.

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