Whole Foods Confirms COVID-19 Cases at Silver Lake Store

  • The Whole Foods grocery store in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles is reporting multiple cases of COVID-19.
  • A spokesperson for the Amazon-owned company confirmed the cases in a statement to Business Insider.
  • “We work closely with our store team members and support diagnosed team members, who are in quarantine,” the company said.
  • The Silver Lake location opened in 2016 as “365,” a slightly more affordable version of the grocery chain. Amazon killed the brand in 2019, two years after acquiring the company.
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Several employees at a Whole Foods in Los Angeles – its first ‘365’ branded grocery store in the country – have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the Amazon-owned company confirmed the previously unreported cases in a statement to Business Insider, saying “team members at our Silver Lake store have been diagnosed with COVID-19.”

The company declined to specify how many workers contracted the disease, nor to comment on the status of its infected employees, citing “respect for the privacy” of its staff. However, it engages in contact tracing and informs other employees in its stores whenever it receives a positive test result, according to the spokesperson.

“We work closely with our store team members and support diagnosed team members, who are in quarantine,” the company said. “As a precaution, the store has performed professional deep cleaning and disinfection, in addition to our current improved sanitation measures.”

The story will not be closed, in accordance with company policy. Instead, it “will continue to operate under social distancing and crowd control measures,” the spokesperson said.

The news comes amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. More than 2,500 new cases were reported on July 13, with the rate of positive test results hitting an average of 9% over 7 days.

This is the first set of confirmed cases at the Whole Foods site in Silver Lake, which opened in 2016 as a slightly more affordable version of the luxury grocery chain. The “365” brand was removed in 2019, two years after Amazon bought the company for $ 13.4 billion.

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