UPDATED: Two employees at local Albertsons stores test positive for COVID-19


UPDATE: Albertons has announced that a second employee, this one at its store on Panama Lane, has also tested positive for the virus.

 Melissa Hill, director of public affairs and government relations, said the associate is receiving medical care that that additional employees may need to undergo self quaratine for up to 14 days, for which they will be paid.

Hill said the associate has not worked at the Panama Lane store since March 23. 

“The store will remain open, and we will continue to follow an enhanced cleaning and disinfection process in every department,” Hill said.

Asked what action the stores should take, Kern County Public Health spokesperson Michelle Corson said it “it’s going to vary” case by case.

“Our team works with these individuals and then makes the appropriate contacts if a business was involved in any of the close contact that this positive case has come into contact with,” she said, adding “It depends on: was that employee at work was infectious, [then] we will work with these businesses they adhere to the CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of all that have been potentially exposed and certainly in a public space.”

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — An employee at the Albertsons grocery store on White Lane has tested positive for COVID-19 and is receiving medical care, a store spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The employee has not worked at the store since March 23, and the building has been cleaned and disinfected multiple times since then, said spokeswoman Melissa Hill. The store will remain open.

It’s possible, Hill said, that additional employees may be recommended to self-quarantine. Those employees would be eligible to receive up to 14 days of quarantine pay.

“We have reaffirmed with all associates that they need to wash hands and disinfect check stands every hour and to practice social distancing,” Hill said. “We have also reminded them that if they develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, stay home, and call their healthcare provider right away.

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