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Chipotle restaurants reopening in Oregon, Washington after E. coli outbreak

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On Wednesday, Chipotle restaurants in Oregon and Washington will start to reopen after an E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens of people. 

Last month, health officials said 42 people contracted the bacteria from food served at the Mexican restaurant chain.

Despite numerous sample tests, the exact source of the E. coli has yet to be determined. Multnomah County Health Inspector Jeff Martin said Chipotle has done everything right in response to the outbreak.
 
“The Chipotle chain has really gone above and beyond the protocol,” said Martin. “They’ve actually thrown in some additional safeguards to ensure the food they’re obtaining is from a safe source.”
 
Martin said employees have sanitized the restaurants from top to bottom and they’ve thrown out all food, drinks, condiments and even ice.
 
Cherie Labreque works near the Chipotle on Southwest 3rd and Yamhill in downtown Portland. She said she can’t wait for it to reopen and she’s not really concerned about any ongoing issues.
 
“I would go back there, absolutely. I’m not that worried about it," she said. "I could see it hurting business though, absolutely. People are scared to be sick."
 
Ashley Arellano thinks people should be scared. She got E. coli after eating at the Clackamas Town Center Chipotle on Oct. 17 and was violently ill for over a week.

Without pinpointing the exact source of the bacteria, Arellano feels it’s irresponsible to reopen the restaurants.
 
“We didn’t get sick out of nowhere,” said Arellano. “I would recommend people not go to Chipotle until they find the source. For me, I won’t be going back there.”
 
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