By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe

A previously unannounced Norovirus outbreak and death have been linked to a New Hampshire-based restaurant named Puritan Backroom.


According to the New Hampshire Department of Health, “norovirus was a contributing cause of death in the person who passed away after attending an event at the Puritan Backroom in Manchester, New Hampshire, on November 24, 2019.”

The norovirus outbreak linked to the restaurant had not previously been disclosed by the health department to the public. The health department stated that, “the Manchester Health Department conducted an immediate inspection of the facility as soon as we learned of the illness on November 27th. Based on the inspection and our investigation into the illnesses, we determined there was no specific ongoing norovirus risk to the public from this establishment.”

In the wake of the outbreak, the health department reminds the public to always practice good hand washing behaviors. No additional details will be released at this time due to the state’s privacy laws.