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Employees at 2 Orlando-area Publix stores test positive for COVID-19 – WESH 2 Orlando

SUMMER: THE GROCER HAD INITIALLY ASKED ITS ASSOCIATES NOT TO WEAR THEM, BUT AS WESH 2’S AMANDA DUKES REPORTS, THE COMPANY HAS NOW CHANGED ITS MIND AMANDA: PUBLIX STORE POLICY DID NOT ALLOW EMPLOYEES WHO DON’T NORMALLY WEAR GLOVES OR MASKS TO WEAR THEM AS PROTECTION FROM THE CORONAVIRUS. BUT IN AN EMAIL TO WESH 2 NEWS, PUBLIX SAYS AS OF THIS WEEK, IT’S CHANGING THAT POLICY. PLEXIGLAS PARTITIONS ARE BEING INSTALLED AT PUBLIX STORES THE INTENT IS TO PROVIDE A PROTECTIVE BARRIER FOR BOTH EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS. ANOTHER NEW FORM OF PROTECTION IS ALSO BEING ALLOWED. IN AN EMAIL TO WESH 2 NEWS, PUBLIX SAID, “WHILE WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW CDC GUIDANCE, WE VALUE OUR ASSOCIATES’ COMFORT AND AS A RESULT, HAVE DECIDED TO ALLOW THOSE IN SELECT JOB CLASSES THE OPTION TO WEAR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT.” PUBLIX SAYS IT WILL MAKE GLOVES AVAILABLE TO ITS EMPLOYEES AS LONG AS SUPPLIES LAST, BUT IT WILL NOT BE HANDING OUT MASKS AS THOSE SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS. >> PUBLIX HAS BEEN SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS FOR 90 YEARS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE THERE FOR YOU. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. AMANDA: PUBLIX HAS BEEN PUTTING OUT MESSAGING TO REASSURE BOTH EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS OF ITS RESPONSE TO THE CORONVIRUS. THE GROCER HAD FACED CRITICISM THROUGH AN ONLINE PETITION THAT REQUESTED HAZARD PAY FOR PUBLIX WORKERS. PUBLIX DID NOT RESPOND TO OUR INQUIRY ABOUT THE PETITION, BUT DID SAY, “WE ARE PROUD OF HOW OUR DEDICATED ASSOCIATES ARE TAKING CARE OF OUR CUSTOMERS AND EACH OTHER THROUGH THIS UNPRECEDENTED AND CHALLENGING TIME.” IN OTHER GESTURES OF GOODWILL, PUBLIX SAYS IT’S PROVIDING FRONT LINE WORKERS WITH STORE GIFT CARDS. THE COMPANY IS ALSO WAIVING RENT FOR TWO MONTHS FOR THE TENANTS OF PUBLIX-OWNED SHOPPING PLA

Employees at multiple Central Florida Publix stores test positive for COVID-19

Two employees at two different Publix stores in the Orlando-area and third at a store in Ocala have tested positive for coronavirus, the company says.One of the employees works at the store at 2873 S. Orange Ave., which is in Orlando, south of downtown, and the other employee works at the store at 16825 E. Colonial Dr., which is near Bithlo, Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous said.The employee in Ocala works at the store at 3450 E. Silver Springs Boulevard. “Like other essential service providers, we have seen our own associates and their families personally impacted by COVID-19. Unfortunately, as public health officials have indicated, we expect to see an increase in cases as the virus spreads in our communities,” Brous said.Publix has taken a number of steps to limit the risk for employees and customers.The company has installed plexiglass shields at cash registers, made aisles one-way and adjusted store hours to allow more time for disinfecting.Publix said it is giving 14 days of paid leave to any employee who contracts COVID-19 and any employee that came into close contact with the infected worker.

ORLANDO, Fla. —

Two employees at two different Publix stores in the Orlando-area and third at a store in Ocala have tested positive for coronavirus, the company says.

One of the employees works at the store at 2873 S. Orange Ave., which is in Orlando, south of downtown, and the other employee works at the store at 16825 E. Colonial Dr., which is near Bithlo, Publix spokeswoman Maria Brous said.

The employee in Ocala works at the store at 3450 E. Silver Springs Boulevard.

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

Publix has taken a number of steps to limit the risk for employees and customers.

The company has installed plexiglass shields at cash registers, made aisles one-way and adjusted store hours to allow more time for disinfecting.

Publix said it is giving 14 days of paid leave to any employee who contracts COVID-19 and any employee that came into close contact with the infected worker.

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