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A an employee who works at the flagship Whole Foods location on North Lamar has been diagnosed with COVID-19, a spokesperson confirmed in an email Tuesday morning.

In a statement, the company said it was supporting the employee and cleaning the store.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the store performed an additional deep cleaning and disinfection, on top of our enhanced sanitation measures," the statement continued.


Whole Foods has already implemented social distancing and crowd control measures, installed plexiglass barriers at check out and requires temperature checks and face masks for anyone working in its stores and facilities.

In a March 16 press release, the company announced it would close its locations up to two hours early each day to give staff more time to restock shelves, sanitize stores and rest between shifts.

Whole Foods is owned by Amazon. Both companies announced March 16 they would pay all employees an additional $2 per hour on top of their current hourly rate through the month of April.

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