Symptoms of norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, and body aches. According to Greg Moore, program coordinator with the county health department, "specimens" were sent to the Ohio Department of Health for norovirus testing and three came back positive for the virus. "No one got sick, so we were pretty surprised", Walkup said.
Kelly Walkup, Maumee resident and mother of four, said she was shocked to hear about the outbreak. Like the Health Department said, some customer could be sick and touch the counter.
Owners of the restaurant, Dar and Yann Chao, said they are working with the health department to determine the cause of the outbreak.
Delray Busch, who has been eating at the store for two years, plans to return to Mama C despite her three-year-old daughter catching the virus earlier this week.
All those affected by the virus had eaten at the restaurant from August 4 to August 7.
The restaurant remains closed for deep cleaning on Wednesday.
But an infected individual can spread the virus up to two weeks after the symptoms disappear, unknowingly passing the virus through close contact like shaking hands.
The couple has owned Mama C's for 14 years and says their customers are apart of their family.
A Toledo donut shop is closed after infecting at least three hundred people with Norovirus.
The Maumee store has been closed since Tuesday for cleaning.
The health department will reportedly inspect the joint once the cleaning is done and the joint can only resume operations if the officials give them a green signal to go ahead with it.
A number of loyal customers said they plan to stick by Mama C's side despite the controversy. I think it's super unfortunate. However, it can lead to severe dehydration and serious, sometimes life-threatening illnesses in the elderly or people with suppressed immune systems, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He says this incident is an unfortunate reminder that it is the beginning of virus season, and to always keep in mind to wash your hands and clean hard surfaces.
The health department spokesperson tells 13abc she hopes to have more information in the coming days.