Two Outer Banks restaurants temporarily closed after employees test positive for COVID-19

Two Outer Banks restaurants have temporarily closed so that employees can be tested for coronavirus after both reported employees testing positive for the virus.

Rooster’s Southern Kitchen in Kill Devil Hills posted on Facebook it would be closed for brunch and lunch Sunday so members of front-of-the-house staff could be tested. On Saturday, a part-time employee who has not been at the restaurant in the last seven days, tested positive.

Rooster’s contracted with a lab for rapid testing and hoped to open for dinner tonight.

Posted by Rooster's Southern Kitchen on Sunday, July 19, 2020

Plaza Azteca OBX, also in Kill Devil Hills, said in a Facebook post it would be closed Sunday and Monday for cleaning after an employee tested positive.

“The said individual have not been in restaurant since 07/12/2020, but out of abundance of precaution all our staff members, irrespective of wether they might have had contact with said individual or not, have been tested at the urgent care in Nags Head and we are awaiting the test results in the next 24-48 hours,” the restaurant said. The eatery will also undergo a deep cleaning.

Dear valued customers,We have been informed that one of our staff members was tested positive for covid19. We take…

Posted by PLAZA Azteca OBX on Sunday, July 19, 2020

Aqua Restaurant and Spa in Duck also announced it was closing this weekend due to an increase of COVID-19 cases in Dare County, and for deep cleaning.

Hi, all! Here at AQUA, we are committed to the safety of our staff and our guests. Due to the increase of positive cases…

Posted by AQUA Restaurant & Spa on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Dare County health officials on Saturday reported nine new coronavirus cases, for a total of 255 since testing began in March. The latest cases include:

Non-resident, 25-49, female, transferred isolation
Resident, 65 over, female, home isolation
Resident, 65 over, male, home isolation
Non-resident, 17 under, male, transferred isolation
Resident, 50-64, female, home isolation
Resident, 25-49, female, home isolation
Resident, 50 – 64, female, home isolation
Non-resident, 50-64, female, transferred isolation
Non-resident, 50-64, female, transferred isolation

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