County health department investigating a norovirus-like outbreak at The Rock Pizza in Renton

Public Health — Seattle & King County reports a dozen cases related to the outbreak.

Public Health — Seattle & King County is investigating an outbreak of norovirus-like illness associated with vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and chills at Rock Wood Fired Pizza in Renton.

Since February 22, 2022, 9 people from 2 separate meal parties reported becoming ill after eating food from the Rock Wood Fired Pizza between February 19 and 20, 2022.

Public Health also said they have identified three ill employees who reported symptoms consistent with norovirus dating back to Feb. 20, 2022, but who did not work while sick.

Environmental Health Investigators visited the restaurant on Feb. 23, 2022. Investigators did not find any risk factors that are known to contribute to the spread of norovirus. The restaurant closed on Feb. 23, 2022, to complete a thorough cleaning and disinfection. All ready-to-eat foods were discarded for those processed before the restaurant was disinfected.

Environmental Health investigators revisited the restaurant on Feb. 24 and confirmed proper cleaning and disinfection was completed. The restaurant was reopened on Feb. 24, 2022.

The investigation is ongoing.

According to Public Health, norovirus is a highly contagious virus that frequently spreads person-to-person and is often associated with food. Norovirus illness often has a sudden onset of nausea and vomiting and/or watery diarrhea with cramps. A low-grade fever, chills, and body aches sometimes occur.

Norovirus rarely causes severe complications. Dehydration is the most common complication, particularly among young children and the elderly. No vaccine is available for norovirus.