Statement on closure of Duke’s Restaurant at Alki Beach

On July 8, 2020, Public Health – Seattle & King County closed Duke’s Chowder House on Alki Beach. This restaurant location was closed due to an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 among employees, the potential for workplace and employee transmission, and for non-compliance with Washington’s Safe Start Plan.

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Doing the right thing: Restaurants and COVID-19

In response to rising COVID-19 cases county wide, Public Health – Seattle & King County is expanding efforts to educate and enforce compliance of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start COVID-19 reopening requirements in food establishments.

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Norovirus 101

If you’ve been following local news in recent weeks, you may have seen stories about outbreaks of norovirus – a highly contagious virus that causes rapid onset of vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute, or short-term, gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines) in the country and is responsible for […]

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Multiple cases of E. coli potentially associated with King County Evergreens restaurants

Update (December 16, 2019): We’ve identified additional cases in the E. coli outbreak potentially linked to meals at King County Evergreens restaurants during November 5-11, 2019. This outbreak appears to be over. For more information, view the foodborne illness disclosure for this outbreak. Update (December 6, 2019): We’ve identified additional cases linked to this outbreak. […]

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Local E. coli cases connected to national outbreak

Update 12/24/19: Two additional King County residents have tested positive for E. coli infections genetically linked to the national outbreak connected to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region. Both infection were in adults, and both people became ill on December 1, 2019.  As a reminder, consumers are directed to avoid all romaine lettuce from the Salinas, […]

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Deathcap Mushroom Season is here: Mushroom foragers should take extreme care

  Watch out, mushroom foragers. Fall rains bring blooms of Amanita phalloides, better known as the death cap mushroom. They are common in Western Washington, and were found recently on the University of Washington Seattle campus. The death cap mushroom has no distinctive odor or taste and resembles other nontoxic varieties. Consumption of the Amanita […]

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