By Saraana Jamraj
Grocery workers, considered essential workers during this pandemic, are facing health and safety risks every day, as they continue to be exposed to the public.
Now, several South Florida Publix stores have confirmed positive coronavirus cases, including the Coral Springs location at the Sawgrass Center at 5950 Coral Ridge Drive.
The report was released by the Miami Herald on April 24, where they shared that Publix confirmed positive cases in at least 20 stores.
Additionally, one store in Coconut Creek located at 5365 Lyons Road, and one store in Tamarac located at 5881 North University Drive, also had positive cases.
Of the 20 stores that had positive cases, four had multiple cases, but they did not share which four stores those were. Due to privacy laws, they also refrained from sharing when those employees tested positive.
Publix had previously discouraged their workers from wearing personal protective equipment—but reversed course, and on April 20, started requiring them to wear masks, except those in the deli, meat and seafood departments.
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- Selene Raj is a writer and a Florida International University graduate. Born in Trinidad and raised in America, she completed her Master’s in Mass Communications in 2020 and has been living in Coral Springs since 2004. She is passionate about the communities she lives and works in and loves reporting and sharing stories that are as complex and meaningful as the people who live in them.
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