2nd Whole Foods Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

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FRAMINGHAM – An second employee at the Whole Food Market in Framingham has tested positive for COVID-19, SOURCE has confirmed.

The Whole Foods is located at 575 Worcester Road in Framingham.

The first employee tested positive on April 10 and was last working a shift in the store on April 2.

The second employee tested positive yesterday, April 14. The employee last worked in the store on April 6.

“We have taken a number of measures to keep us all safe and healthy, including MANDATORY social distancing of 6ft with daily audits, NEW thermal temperature checks for ANYONE entering the building, staggered shifts, and extended breaks. We also continue to follow the guidance of the CDC, WHO, local health authorities, and private medical experts on other recommended precautions,” said Whole Foods to its employees.

“We understand that you may be nervous about coming to work. Individuals will not be penalized for any absences. And, if you feel sick, please STAY home. Thank you for everything you’re doing for the community during this unprecedented time,” said the email to the employees.

In March a Whole Foods employee in Sudbury tested positive for the coronavirus.

“The safety of our Team Members and customers is our top priority and we are diligently following all guidance from local health and food safety authorities. We’ve been working closely with our store Team Members, and are supporting the diagnosed Team Member, who is in quarantine,” said the spokesperson to SOURCE in March.

Last month, when the Sudbury employee was diagnosed a Whole Foods spokesperson said “out of an abundance of caution, the store performed an additional cleaning and disinfection, on top of our current enhanced sanitation measures.”

“We continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and will inform anyone who may have had close contact. We have taken measures to keep you safe, increasing social distancing, crowd control, temperature checks, providing PPE and enhanced cleanings,” said the supermarket to employees today, April 10.

Governor Baker announced last week his administration has made testing available for supermarket and grocery store employees for COVID-19.

If you plan to shop at the supermarket, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has issued guidelines.

The City of Framingham made no public announcement on either of the positive cases by an employee at the public supermarket.

During this pandemic, the City has chosen not to alert the public when individuals who test positive have been in public locations or worked in locations that interact with the public.

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