Kenosha Walgreens employee tests positive for COVID-19

Kenosha Walgreens employee tests positive for COVID-19

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S.

An employee of a Kenosha Walgreens store tested positive for COVID-19 last week, prompting the store to shut down temporarily for cleaning and for some people who had contact with the person to go into quarantine.

A spokesman for Walgreens said the company was notified March 19 that an employee at the Walgreens store at 1810 30th Ave. had a confirmed case of the virus.

“The individual had not been in the store since March 16,” according to the statement from the company.

The spokesman said the company followed guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and corporate protocols.

“We took immediate action to temporarily close the store for cleaning in order to disinfect the premises. The store reopened on Saturday, March 21,” the spokesman said.

According to the company, the Kenosha Health Department was notified.

“We have contacted impacted individuals who may be at risk, and they are self quarantined,” the company stated.

As of Monday, there were 13 confirmed cases of the virus in Kenosha County, 416 statewide and 1,285 in neighboring Illinois. Jen Freiheit, director of the Kenosha County Division of Health, said, because testing is limited, the actual number of people infected is likely much higher and will continue to climb.

“Now that it is so widespread in the community, there is no containing it or controlling it without broad social distancing measures,” Freiheit said Monday. “This is serious. It is everywhere. Stay out of the public.”

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