Portsmouth bar patrons may have been exposed to COVID-19, health officials say

State health officials say that people who were sitting in a bar at a Portsmouth restaurant late last month and earlier this month may have been exposed to COVID-19. The Department of Health and Human Services says that a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may have exposed customers at Jumpin ‘Jay’s Fish Café bar during the following days and times: Wednesday, September 30, between 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. 9 p.m., Thursday, October 1, between 5 and 9 p.m., Friday, October 2, between 5 and 10 p.m., Saturday, October 3, between 5 and 10 p.m. Sunday, October 4, between 5 and 9 p.m. M. DHHS says it has already notified people who are known to have close contacts with the person, but it is possible that there were more people in the bar during those periods who were exposed. Anyone who was at the bar during those times should call DHHS at 603-271-4496. Health officials said the restaurant is doing everything it can to help with contact tracing efforts and hopes to identify customers who may have been exposed. A post on the restaurant’s website on Sunday said it is temporarily closed, will be professionally cleaned, and will not reopen until it is deemed safe to do so. The statement posted online read in part: “Please know that we have met or exceeded state and CDC guidelines in our quick and independent decision to shut down, test and quarantine, as the safety of our staff and guests is our top priority. ” DHHS officials said this came as Saturday’s daily total of cases was the highest since May and New Hampshire had the most single-day deaths since June. “Whenever we see an increase in community transmission, this virus has the potential to enter these settings where there are more vulnerable people,” said Dr. Beth Daly, Head of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control. DHHS has a guideline for self quarantine posted here.

State health officials say that people who were sitting in a bar at a Portsmouth restaurant late last month and early this month may have been exposed to COVID-19.

The Department of Health and Human Services says that a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 may have exposed customers at Jumpin ‘Jay’s Fish Café bar during the following days and times:

  • Wednesday September 30, from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 1, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, October 2, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday 3 October, from 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 4, from 5 to 9 p.m.

DHHS says it has already notified people known to have close contacts with the person, but it is possible that there were more people at the bar during those periods who were exposed. Anyone who has been at the bar during those times should call DHHS at 603-271-4496.

Health officials said the restaurant is doing everything it can to help with contact tracing efforts and hopes to identify customers who may have been exposed.

A post on the restaurant’s website said Sunday that it is temporarily closed, will be professionally cleaned, and will not reopen until it is deemed safe to do so.

The statement posted online read in part: “Please know that we have met or exceeded state and CDC guidelines in our quick and independent decision to shut down, test and quarantine, as the safety of our staff and guests is our top priority ”.

DHHS officials said this came as Saturday’s daily total of cases was the highest since May and New Hampshire had the most single-day deaths since June.

“Whenever we see an increase in community transmission, this virus has the potential to enter these settings where there are more vulnerable people,” said Dr. Beth Daly, Chief of the Office of Infectious Disease Control.

DHHS has a guide to self-quarantine posted here.

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