DUNEDIN — A second employee at the Granada Plaza Publix at the intersection of Main Street and Keene Road has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The company’s human resources department notified workers at the Dunedin store, located at 1491 Main St., of the case through an internal memo dated Friday. The memo was sent to employees who were in close proximity to the worker who tested positive. It directed recipients of the memo to “self-quarantine” and not come to work.
The memo was obtained by the Tampa Bay Times on Saturday. In an email, Publix officials confirmed that “more than one associate” who works at the store has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
The sick employee, who was not identified in the memo, is the second worker from that store and the fourth known Publix worker in Pinellas County to test positive.
The memo ordered employees to stay away for 14 days to ensure they do not develop symptoms of COVID-19, though the memo directed them to remain isolated only until April 18.
Employees will receive sick pay during their isolation, the memo said. Employees who have little or no sick pay will be paid with “Publix Emergency Pandemic pay.”
The memo also stated that the “work location” was “appropriately cleaned and disinfected” according to guidance from local, state and federal health officials. It was unclear if “work location” meant the whole store or part of the store.
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