If you’ve shopped recently at the Whole Foods Market in Midtown Detroit, monitor yourself for COVID-19, the city’s health department says.
An outbreak of COVID-19 cases was recently reported at the grocery store located on Mack Avenue. Twenty-three store employees at first tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The case count increased to 24 over the weekend. A post on the city’s health department website is advising anyone who-shopped at the Mack Avenue store between Feb. 12-22 to monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms.
Symptoms include shortness of breath, fever, cough, aching, chills, and loss of taste or smell. Anyone with these symptoms, the post read, should “isolate at home and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.”
The city is making testi ng available to anyone up to 14 days after possible exposure. To make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at the Joseph Walker Williams Recreation Center,8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., call 313-230-0505.
The health department’s post, dated Feb. 27, cited the high incidence of COVID-19 cases but also noted that no customers have contracted the virus from this outbreak.
They added that “no employee will be permitted to enter the facility or return to work until they have completed their quarantine or isolation, are symptom-free and have been tested.”
“The Detroit Health Department is continuing to work closely with Whole Foods to make vaccines available to all grocery store employees, monitor procedures at that location and ensure safety precautions are being followed,” according to the post.
The health department has made vaccines available to grocery store workers, other front-line workers, and Detroiters ages 60 and up. Those eligible can call 313-230-0505 to make an appointment.
Whole Foods Market last week confirmed the outbreak at the Midtown store. At the Detroit location, they are requiring workers receive a negative COVID-19 test before returning to work.
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