Duke’s Chowder House on Alki Beach closed due to coronavirus outbreak

Jul 9 2020, 6:21 pm

Duke’s Chowder House on Alki Beach is the location of King County’s latest COVID-19 outbreak, where a number of employees have tested positive for coronavirus.

According to Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer at Public Health Seattle and King County, all confirmed cases have been reported in employees of Duke’s restaurant and not among customers.

Duke’s Seafood revealed in a social media post that 10 of their team members have tested positive, seven in the Alki location, one in Bellevue, and two in Tacoma.

Dr. Jeff Duchin is not mandating that customers quarantine, as “the risk to diners is generally lower because they are typically not in close contact with employees for prolonged periods of time.”

Seattle and King County Public Health is urging those who’ve recently dined at Duke’s to watch closely for symptoms for 14 days after they’ve visited the restaurant.

Symptoms of COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or a change in smell or taste perception. Other symptoms include recent or increasing tiredness or weakness, headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, chills, and sore throat.

If you develop any symptoms, even if minor, call your doctor or healthcare provider for a medical evaluation. Explain that you might have been exposed to a person with COVID-19. Follow their instructions for testing.

If you don’t have a doctor or healthcare provider: free or low-cost testing is available at several King County locations to anyone, regardless of immigration status. Call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977 for assistance.

Alyssa TherrienAlyssa Therrien

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