Employee at Meijer store in Warren tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

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WARREN, Mich. – Meijer has confirmed that an employee at the Meijer store on Mound Road in Warren has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Officials said the store has been deep cleaned and will remain open during their updated store hours of 8 a.m. through 10 p.m.

Meijer released the following statement:

"We cannot disclose any specific information about the affected individual. Meijer has been in contact with health officials to ensure we are in complete alignment on proper protocols for the safety of our team members and customers. We have also communicated this information to all our team members at the store. Ensuring the safety and health of our team members, customers and community is our top priority.

The affected team member and anyone who could be identified as high risk under CDC guidelines will be paid through our pay continuation program.

Meijer has been following the CDC’s guidelines in response to the virus to ensure our stores are safe, including staying vigilant with our cleaning and sanitization practices, especially at high-frequency touch points like our check lanes, self-checkouts, and service areas, and in team member work areas.

The store has since been thoroughly deep cleaned and will remain open during our updated store hours of 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. We want our customers and team members to feel confident being in our stores and will continue to take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of those who walk through our doors."

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How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

  • Spread is possible before people show symptoms. People who are not showing symptoms can still be carrying the virus and can still pass it on to other people.

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily the virus spreads

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

Prevention & Treatment

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Click here for more guidelines from the CDC.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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