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Whole Foods worker in Edina tests positive for COVID-19

The company has given the store a 'deep cleaning and disinfection.'
Whole Foods Edina

An employee at Whole Foods store in Edina, Minnesota, has tested positive for COVID-19.

The upmarket grocery chain confirmed the positive test to BMTN, though is not releasing any details about the worker due to privacy reasons.

It did confirm though that it has embarked upon a deep cleaning and disinfection process at the 7401 France Ave. S store.

"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," a spokesperson said. "We’ve been working closely with our store team members, and are supporting the diagnosed team member, who is in quarantine.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the store has performed a professional deep cleaning and disinfection, on top of our current enhanced sanitation measures. All Whole Foods Market stores continue to operate under social distancing and crowd control measures.

"Additionally, we have installed plexiglass barriers at check out, are requiring temperature checks and face masks for anyone working in our stores, and have implemented enhanced daily cleanliness and disinfection protocols in all of our stores."

In late June, United Food and Commercial Workers International (UFCW) said an estimated 11,500 grocery store workers had been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic.

There hasn't been any significant outbreak tied to grocery stores in Minnesota, which have been open throughout the pandemic as they were considered an essential business during state lockdown procedures, while individual cases aren't typically announced publicly.

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BMTN only found out about the Edina case because of a tip from a member of the public.

Whole Foods says it has a procedure in place in the event of a presumed or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, saying it "activates a set plan to protect the privacy of the impacted person while also mitigating any potential risks to our team members and customers."

"That plan includes comprehensive cleaning, contact tracing and a formal notification processes for those working in our stores," the company spokesperson added.

Whole Foods workers have been required to wear face masks since before the statewide mandate came into effect, and the company also offers them gloves and personal face shields for extra protection.

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