Two other Publix stores in South Florida each tested positive for COVID-19, a spokesman for the chain confirmed on Monday afternoon.
In Miami-Dade, the employee worked at the Miami Lakes store, 15000 Miami Lakes Dr., as the Miami Laker first reported. The other employee worked at the Delray Beach store at 16130 Jog Rd., A fact first reported by WPBF-Channel 25 in West Palm Beach.
These are seven positive tests recognized among Publix employees in the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe. Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s have also had employees infected with coronavirus.
Last week, Publix began allowing certain workers to wear gloves and masks as they liked until they worked in the deli, meat and seafood departments.
But that was before the CDC advised covering your face in places where social distancing can be difficult. On Friday, the city of Miami Beach, which has four Publix stores, issued an emergency order forcing customers and workers to wear face covers in grocery stores, and more.
“Like other essential service providers, we have seen our own associates and their families personally affected by COVID-19,” Publix spokesperson Maria Brous wrote. “Unfortunately, as public health officials have said, we expect more cases as the virus spreads in our communities.