Press Release - July 5th, 2019
"On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 2nd 2019, The Ugly Grouper was notified by the Manatee County Health Department of a positive test of Hepatitis A in a member of our serving staff. Thankfully, that team member has been treated and we wish them a speedy recovery at home. At The Ugly Grouper, we take food safety very seriously. As a precautionary measure, on that same evening, we instituted a 12-hour deep cleaning process of the entire restaurant. The following morning at 10AM, the Health Department confirmed our current practices meet all cleanliness and operational compliance standards. Vaccinations were also offered to the entire staff by the Health Department, which were accepted by all to ensure the continued safety of our staff and patrons.
According to a recent release from the Manatee County Health Department, there has been an increase in reported cases of Hepatitis A in the Florida area. In that same release, it was reported that less than 5% of reported cases of Hepatitis A are food workers and there are no reported cases of transmission from a food worker to a restaurant patron. The Health Department will continue to offer free vaccines to the public, and the next vaccine clinic is on Friday July 5th from 9am to 4pm at the Anna Maria Island elementary school and again on Saturday, July 6th, from 9am to 1pm at the Manatee Health Department. It is recommended that vaccines be issued within two weeks of any suspected exposure. For more information about obtaining a vaccine, please contact the Manatee County Health Department at http://manatee.floridahealth.gov/.
The Ugly Grouper on average serves over 750 customers daily, and would like to thank all of the loyal fans of The Ugly Grouper who understand our commitment to high quality and superior service. With everyone’s support, we will continue to be one of the fastest growing and best destinations for tourists and locals on Anna Maria Island. If there are any follow up questions, please direct them to our general manager, Thad Treadwell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.”