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Publix is confirming that an employee at its grocery store at 800 Ocala Road in Tallahassee has tested positive for COVID-19. 

体育在线365The store provided no other details about the employee's condition or circumstances of the case.

体育在线365"The testing and reporting of cases by health departments varies widely state-by-state. As a result, we cannot fully and accurately report cases in real time, but we have been, and will continue to be, keenly focused on intensive, ongoing protective measures in all our stores," a spokesman wrote in an email.

This is the second local case involving a Publix employee. On April 8, the company confirmed that an employee tested positive at the Bradfordville location.

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The Publix spokesperson outlined the steps the grocery store is taking in keeping people safe. They include:

  • A heightened ongoing disinfection program focusing on high-touch surfaces like touch pads, door and drawer handles, phones and computers.
  • Continued cleaning and sanitization of stores.
  • Quarantine and paid leave for 14 days for any associate who tests positive for COVID-19 to recover from the illness.
  • Notification, quarantine and paid leave for up to 14 days for associates who have been in close contact with the associate who tests positive for COVID-19.

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  • The installation of plexiglass shields at registers, customer service desks and pharmacies in all stores. 
  • In-store signage, one-way directional aisles, and public address announcements reminding customers and associates of social distancing.
  • Visual reminders of appropriate six-foot spacing via marked lines at registers.
  • Requiring associates to wear face coverings.
  • Adjusted store hours to allow more time to conduct additional disinfection measures and restock shelves.

"Like other essential service providers, we have seen our own associates and their families personally impacted by COVID-19," the spokesman said. "Unfortunately, as public health officials have indicated, we expect to see an increase in cases as the virus spreads in our communities."

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