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 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 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.
Publix is taking a lot of precautions to help keep their customers and employees safe during these times. The stores are increasing social distancing measures and expanding their pharmacy hours to be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday-Friday (weekend hours vary by location.)
Publix aisles are now one-way to help increase social distancing and six-foot increments are marked at checkout. Managers can also limit the number of shoppers in a store at one time.
Publix has also designated specific hours for senior shoppers. Customers over the age of 65 can shop Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m., and the pharmacy will open at 7 a.m. on those days to accommodate these customers too.
Publix also offers touch-free pay through the app, and the store welcomes most contactless cards and mobile pay apps. One customer wrote on Facebook I love the Publix app and Publix pay.
It is so easy to make a shopping list that tells you where the items are located in the store (I personally don’t need this feature since I know where everything is until the store is reset and then I have to learn all over again
take advantage of coupons available, and it provides a touch-free way to pay for my purchases. It’s free, convenient and easy!”
Refunds and exchanges are also suspended at this time in order to help improve safety for customers and associates alike.