McAlister’s Deli in Kingsport reopens after Hepatitis A case confirmed

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL)- The McAlister’s Deli in Kingsport is back open after an employee was diagnosed with acute hepatitis A. 

The Sullivan County Regional Health Department was alerted Tuesday. 

They asked customers who ate at the restaurant from March 11-27 contact the health department for more information. 

The health department will offer free hepatitis A vaccines at:

  • Sullivan County Regional Health Department (Main Campus),
    154 Blountville Bypass, Blountville, TN 37617
  • Sullivan County Regional Health Department (Kingsport Office),
    1041 East Sullivan Street, Kingsport, TN 37660

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). People can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.

For more information, visit sullivanhealth.org, or call 423-279-2777.

Tuesday evening the owner of the Kingsport McAlister’s Deli, Chris Smith, released the following statement: 

“We voluntarily closed our McAlister’s today after learning an employee was diagnosed with Hepatitis A.  We are fully cooperating with the health department to ensure a clean and safe environment for our restaurant and guests. We have discarded all prepped and open food, conducted a thorough cleaning and sanitization process, and will have vaccinated all employees by the time we open tomorrow.” 

News Channel 11’s Caroline Corrigan was at the Sullivan County Regional Health Department’s Kingsport Office Wednesday morning where she saw more than 100 people in line.

Many of those people told Caroline they were in line to get their Hepatitis A vaccine.

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