Is It Time to Say Goodbye to Chipotle?

Staff Writer: Kendle Flint

Health officials expect the number of individuals sickened by an E. Coli outbreak to be linked to the Chipotle Mexican Grills on the west coast, specifically Washington and Oregon.

Last Friday, three people in the Portland area and 19 people in western Washington had become sick with E. Coli, and 17 of them reported to have eaten at a Chipotle restaurant during the past few weeks. No deaths have been reported, but eight people have been hospitalized due to this sickness.

Chipotle Mexican Grill claimed that they “Immediately closed all of their [our] restaurants in the area…” Although some may be relieved about the closings of the Mexican Grill, others are not so happy.

Connor Booz, a senior here at Woodstock High School said, “If the Chipotle’s around the Woodstock and Kennesaw areas ever closed, there would be a lot of angry people, including myself. I have Chipotle at least once every two weeks, therefore, if they closed, I would not be a very happy camper.”

After hearing about the outbreak, doctors expect more people to go to them and join the list of potential cases. Marisa D’Angeli, a medical epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health encourages anyone who has been sick with any intestinal symptoms to see their doctor right away.

The investigation continues, but until then, the reopening of 43 Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington is uncertain.

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