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Dairy Queen in Valparaiso closes over COVID-19 exposure
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Dairy Queen in Valparaiso closes over COVID-19 exposure

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Dairy Queen in Valparaiso closes over COVID-19 exposure

A Dairy Queen restaurant is shown in this file photo.

A Dairy Queen in Valparaiso has closed up shop temporarily after a COVID-19 exposure.

The Dairy Queen Grill and Chill at 3029 N. Calumet Ave. in Valparaiso announced Sunday it would shut down to undergo a deep clean and test all its employees for the coronavirus, which has infected 16.5 million people and killed more than 654,000 worldwide.

"The safety and health of our customers and employees are extremely important to us," the Dairy Queen posted on social media Sunday. "For that reason, we will be closing today through mid week for a complete store sanitization and for thorough testing of our staff due to a recent COVID exposure. We ask for patience as we enter this situation and we really appreciate your understanding. We will keep you updated here and we hope to see everyone again soon."

Anyone craving a Blizzard, Dilly Bar or chicken strips in the interim can visit the Dairy Queen at 2002 Laporte Ave. in Valparaiso, which remains open.

A growing number of Northwest Indiana Northwest Indiana restaurants have temporarily closed after workers tested positive for the coronavirus, including Fiddlehead Restaurant, Main + Lincoln, Abbiocco Italian Cuisine, Luna Kitchen, Leeds Public House, Ciao Bella, Tavern on Main, Gelsosomo's Pizzeria, Fahrenheit Two-Twelve and Square Roots. Matey's Bar and Restaurant in Michigan City also closed for nearly a week for a precautionary deep cleaning after a busy holiday weekend.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.

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