Stars Hamburgers in Arcata | Screenshot from Google street view

Stars Hamburgers on G Street in Arcata is temporarily closed, after a member of the staff tested positive for COVID-19.

“Dear Humboldt, we have just learned that a member of our staff has tested positive for COVID-19,” Owners Jennifer and Arron Eaton wrote in an email sent to the Outpost on Saturday. “We have been closed for the Holiday & will remain so until our entire staff has been tested and we have conducted a deep cleaning of our restaurant. From all of us at Stars Arcata, we thank you for your patience and understanding. We will post an update on our plans to reopen soon. Please stay safe.”

The announcement follows numerous recent Arcata restaurant closures due to COVID-19, with Plaza Grill, Salt Fish House, Campground and Wildflower Cafe announcing temporary closures on their social media accounts last week. Wildflower has already reopened its doors after all employees tested negative, and Salt recently posted plans to reopen for outdoor service on December 1.

Earlier this month, Septentrio Winery closed due to a potential exposure to the virus. And although all employees have since tested negative, the business posted on Facebook, Septentrio will continue its pause in indoor and outdoor service. The Pub at the Creamery also recently announced plans to close as a precautionary measure, as the local spike in COVID-19 cases continues.

The Joint Information Center reports that of the 850 cases recorded in Humboldt County so far, 179 have been Arcata residents.