MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Employees of two other Publix sites in South Florida have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the chain confirmed.
The associates work in stores in Mary Brickell Village (911 SW 1st Ave, Miami) and Cutler Bay (20425 Old Cutler Rd.).
“Like other essential service providers, we have seen our own associates and their families personally affected by COVID-19,” Publix spokesperson Maria Brous said in an email. “Unfortunately, as public health officials have said, we expect more cases as the virus spreads in our communities.
According to Publix, any worker with a positive COVID-19 test is quarantined and has 14 days paid leave, and the same applies to any employee who has been in close contact with the partner whose test is positive.
Another Miami-Dade Publix (9420 SW 56th St.) had a thorough cleaning last month after an employee tested positive.
Throughout South Florida, Publix workers have also been tested positive for the virus in Miami Lakes (15000 Miami Lakes Dr.), Miami Beach (1100 6th St.), Miami Shores (9050 Biscayne Blvd.), Coral Gables (1500 South Douglas Rd.), Boca Raton (9720 Clint Moore Rd.), Delray Beach (16130 Jog Rd.). and in the Florida Keys (5407 Overseas Highway at Marathon).
The Lakeland-based chain has increased sanitation measures, installed plexiglass barriers to help buyers and workers separate, and shortened store hours to allow more time for cleaning and restocking.
“We are proud of the way our dedicated associates take care of our customers and each other during this unprecedented and difficult time,” said Brous. “And we thank our customers for continuing to trust us by providing the goods and services they need.”
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