More than 500 people have now reported to local health authorities that they were sickened after eating at an Ohio Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant, intensifying an apparent outbreak that led to the location's temporary closure. "We are working with the local health department and we plan to reopen this restaurant today", Schalow said on Tuesday.
Patrick Quade, founder of the 9-year-old crowdsourcing website, said the cases have been reported to health officials in Delaware County, Ohio.
The illnesses haven't been officially linked to Chipotle food consumption. Chipotle recently posted same-stores sales that beat estimates for the second quarter as Niccol starts to reshape the company, with new menu items, increased marketing, a delivery push and store remodels.
Three reports were made to the website on July 29 and July 30, indicating that at least nine customers fell sick after eating there.
Beloved Tex-Mex chain Chipotle might be in hot water again: According to Cleveland.com, a Chipotle location in OH was closed on Monday after several people reported feeling ill after eating there.
An employee at the Chipotle location said "we are now working on opening or so, we hope".
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Chipotle retrained kitchen crews on food safety after the incident.
Chipotle's stock took a 3.3 percent drop in after-hours trading Monday following Business Insider's report. Officials said they are investigating the possibility of food-borne illnesses stemming from the restaurant in the suburb of Columbus, but have not pinpointed the source of the problem.
That news also surfaced through iwaspoisoned.com when 89 reports and 133 customers reported falling sick. The restaurant was set to reopen Tuesday.
In 2015, Chipotle's business almost dried up after an E.coli outbreak that spanned 11 states, leading the company to undertake a chain-wide safety retraining in early 2016 that closed all 2,000 of its stores for a day. That followed a string of E. coli outbreaks at restaurants in Washington, Oregon, and other locations, as well as issues with salmonella.
As for norovirus, the brand blamed sick employees for two outbreaks in 2015.