As of Thursday, July 12th, there are 19 confirmed cases of salmonella illness including several Kitty’s employees.
North Reading Health Department and state Department of Public Health representatives met with management and employees of the establishment on Friday morning, July 13th to re-initiate salmonella testing. This testing has been implemented to protect the public and employees of the establishment by ensuring that employees return to work at the establishment only after being confirmed to be free of salmonella. Testing protocols stipulate that 2 negative test results 24 hours apart determine an individual is free of salmonella. Based on this requirement the earliest that any employee could likely be determined to be free of salmonella is Thursday or Friday, July 19th or 20th. Only upon compliance with state and local health laws, regulations, and orders, and upon Kitty’s confirmation that sufficient staffing and food supplies to operate the restaurant are available, will Kitty’s be allowed to re-open.
The Health Department continues to work with the establishment and the state Department of Public Health to investigate this matter.
For the July 10, 2018 update, please click here.