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Lucky Pelican Bistro temporarily shutting down after line cook dies of COVID-19

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Posted at 10:58 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 23:23:11-04

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A Sarasota County restaurant is shutting down as they mourn the loss of one of its line cooks.

Lucky Pelican Bistro announced on social media that a line cook died of COVID-19. According to the restaurant, the cook had not worked since Friday, July 3.

The cook had experienced symptoms over the weekend and went to get tested, the restaurant said on social media.

"They had not been back to work while waiting on their results. Late last night, this individual let us know they had received their results and they were positive. While talking to this person last night, they let us know the only symptom they had was a hard time breathing, and that they felt good about it all. Unfortunately, things changed this morning," Lucky Pelican Bistro said on social media.

Lucky Pelican Bistro said in addition to closing the restaurant, it will get the entire staff tested for coronavirus. The restaurant will plan its reopening after getting all the test results.

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