Public health officials in Aurora, Colorado have ordered the closure of a Walmart center after the deaths of a 72-year-old Walmart worker, her 63-year-old husband and a security provider third of 69 years for the company. coronavirus.
Six more store employees tested positive for the coronavirus, Tri-County, Colorado health department said on Thursday. Three other workers were suspected of having the virus and were awaiting laboratory results.
The department said it closed the store after receiving complaints from employees and buyers about “the lack of social distancing, too many people in the store at the same time, and employees not wearing masks or covers.” faces ”.
“These deaths underscore the seriousness of the highly contagious coronavirus and the need for diligent safety precautions to prevent further spread, including the wearing of masks,” said Dr. John Douglas Jr., executive director of Tri-County Health Department said in a statement.
A Walmart spokesperson said, “Colorado has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19, and several associates at this store have tested positive. Unfortunately, one of our associates died. The temporary closure will allow third-party cleaning experts to further clean and disinfect the store. “
The spokesperson added, “We recognize how difficult this is for our partners in Aurora and all those affected by this difficult situation. We want to do everything we can to support them right now. We will continue to work closely with the Tri County Health Department and take additional steps if necessary to reopen the store. “
Walmart responded to the coronavirus crisis by installing plexiglass barriers at checkouts and social distance markers around the store. He also took workers’ temperatures before they started their shift and did not start requiring workers to wear masks while on duty.
The company also said it is limiting the number of customers who can be in a store at the same time.
The liquor license for a Walmart in Evergreen Park, Illinois, was briefly revoked earlier this month after the deaths of two employees at the coronavirus store.
Dozens of grocers and retailers have died from the coronavirus and thousands have fallen ill. Walmart declined to say how many of its employees have died or tested positive for the coronavirus. The company said it depends on public health services for these figures.
Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand and Richard Blumenthal wrote to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on Thursday to “urge you to do more to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of your employees” .