Whole Foods confirms cases of COVID-19 at their Mt. Washington store

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Posted at 3:58 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 16:07:21-04

BALTIMORE — Whole Foods Market has confirmed that some workers at their Mount Washington location have tested positive for COVID-19.

The store says employees are made aware through team meetings and automated messaging, but aren't told who tested positive over privacy concerns.

Whole Foods says anyone known to have come in close contact with that person, is asked to stay home and quarantine, for up to two weeks with pay. The store says anytime a worker is diagnosed, that particular store undergoes a deep cleaning, and a process that includes contact tracing and employee notification.

"Our protocols protect the privacy of the diagnosed individual while mitigating any potential risks to our Team Members and customers," said a store spokesman.

Amid the pandemic Whole Foods says they've also taken other measures to protect customers and staff.

All stores are enforcing crowd control with social distancing, and have installed Plexiglas barriers at check out.

Workers are required to wear a mask and have their temperature taken. Additionally some locations are closing up two hours early to allow for more time to restock shelves and sanitize.

Some Whole Foods including the one in downtown Baltimore are operating as an online only retailer.