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While several Colorado Springs-area stores and restaurants closed in 2020, In-N-Out Burger drew crowds in late November when it opened its first local restaurant in the Victory Ridge development

on the north side of Colorado Springs.

More than 120 staff members at Colorado's two In-N-Out Burgers restaurants have been sickened with the coronavirus, part of an ongoing outbreak that has hit the recently opened North Colorado Springs location particularly hard.

Eighty staff members from the Colorado Springs restaurant are confirmed positive, according to state. Another 42 from the Aurora location are also sick. Last week, when the outbreaks were first identified, there were 20 cases in Aurora and 60 in Colorado Springs.

Both outbreaks number among the largest at Colorado fast-food restaurants since the pandemic began nine months ago.

The Colorado Springs outbreak is the largest and now numbers among the largest outbreaks overall in Colorado, with the exception of the significantly higher case counts at colleges and in the state's prisons.

Though the Colorado Springs location, 1840 Democracy Point (80908) has a nearby In-N-Out distribution center, officials said last week that the outbreaks don't include staffers there. State data identifies the outbreak there as being tied to the location's specific store number.

The restaurant and its two locations are new to Colorado; both opened Nov. 20 to much fanfare and lines that stretched for miles.

The California-based burger chain operates in seven states.

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