LARGO, Md. – A 27-year-old grocer from Prince George County died from a coronavirus.
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Leilani Jordan worked at Giant on Campus Way South in Largo.
Her brother said she was more welcoming there. Cedrick Jordan said his sister had cerebral palsy, but was still very independent. He said that Leilani was the “miracle baby” of his family, describing her as motivated and caring.
He said that at first her symptoms were mild, and even when she was admitted to the Walter Reed Medical Center on March 26, he was sure she would recover.
“It was so fast. And I talk to my sister every day, ”said Cedrick. “When she was admitted, she was challenged, she had respiratory health issues, and I could say that. But it didn’t seem as bad as it ended up being. And it just degenerated so quickly. “
Leilani died on April 1.
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Feliant Andrade, Giant spokesperson, said the store was informed on March 28 that the employee was sick, but said that she had not worked in the store since March 16.
“She hadn’t worked at the store since March 16, so we don’t think other associates or customers are at risk,” read a statement from Andrade provided to FOX 5. “Anyway , following the advice of health authorities, we have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our associates and customers while we continue to provide an essential service to our communities, including additional cleaning and disinfection of the store that occurred when we learned of the partner’s diagnosis. “
FOX 5 received several calls Sunday from buyers and employees concerned about what was done to clean up the store. Andrade did not provide any additional details on the cleaning done or the closing of the store for cleaning.
Andrade said advisers were available to the employees.
Cedrick said he still found it difficult to accept the death of his sister. He said that the last time he spoke to him at the hospital, they were joking and talking about the future.
“Don’t take this lightly. COVID-19 – don’t think it’s a facade or a joke because it isn’t, “he said. “It is severe. Be safe. I lost my best friend. Be safe. “
“We are saddened to confirm that a store associate at our Campus Way South location in Largo has died from COVID-19. We were informed of his death Thursday morning by his family. We can only imagine the grief they are experiencing and have offered our support during this difficult time. We have also shared the news with our team there and are providing counseling resources through our Employee Assistance Program.
We were informed that the partner was sick on March 28. She hadn’t worked at the store since March 16, so we don’t think other associates or customers are in danger. In any event, following the advice of health authorities, we have taken appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our associates and customers while continuing to provide an essential service to our communities, including cleaning and additional disinfection of the store that took place when we learned of the partner’s diagnosis. We encourage our employees and customers to continue to take steps to prevent the spread of germs and to follow the CDC’s recommendations, including regular hand washing, social isolation and keeping at home in the event of illness. ”