Grocery stores across the country are implementing new measures such as rations, layout changes and social distance to respond to the new coronavirus.
A Publix employee at the Bradfordville Center shopping center on Thomasville Road is on paid leave after being tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus.
The Lakeland-based grocery chain said it is an essential service provider and that the health and well-being of its customers, associates and communities is a top priority, said spokesperson Maria Brous. ‘company.
“We can confirm that we have an associate who works at store # 0533, 6753 Thomasville Rd., Tallahassee, FL., Has tested positive for COVID-19,” said Brous, in an email to Tallahassee Democrat. “Due to privacy laws, no additional information can be provided about our associate. “
This is the first known confirmation from a local grocery store employee who tested positive for fatal disease, but an increasing number of grocery store workers are positive for the virus nationwide.
Brous said the company could not provide details on whether it was the first Publix employee in Tallahassee to test positive for coronavirus.
“Health services case finding and reporting varies considerably from state to state,” she said. “Therefore, we cannot report cases fully and accurately in real time, but we have been, and will continue to be, strongly focused on intensive and continuous protection measures in all of our stores. “
Following the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Publix and other companies are strengthening their cleaning and sanitation practices.
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The company gave the following examples:
- Quarantine and 14 days paid leave for any partner whose COVID-19 test is positive to recover from the disease.
- Plexiglass shields in registers, customer service offices and pharmacies in all stores.
- In-store signage and public announcements reminding customers and associates of social distancing.
- Visual reminders of the proper six-foot spacing via lines marked in the registers.
- Hours adjusted to allow more time for additional disinfection and restocking of shelves.
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