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Detroit Whole Foods shoppers told to watch for COVID-19 symptoms after 24 employees fall ill

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Detroit health officials urge customers who shopped at Whole Foods on-site to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms after two dozen employees contract the virus.

Customers who shopped on Mack Avenue in Midtown Detroit between February 12 and 22 are asked to be alert for virus-related symptoms, including shortness of breath, fever, cough, aches and pains, chills, loss of taste or sense of smell, the Detroit said Health Department in a statement.

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The notice came after a “high incidence of COVID-19 cases” was reported among employees. By February 27, the health department had become aware of at least 24 confirmed cases among employees. However, there are no confirmed reports that a buyer became infected with the virus as a result of this outbreak, the department said.

Whole Foods confirmed to FOX Business that the company has had a number of people tested positive in this particular location since the pandemic began, although the roughly two dozen new cases reported go back to early January.

Whole foods market on Mack Ave in Detroit, Michigan. (Google Maps)

Any employee who tested positive may not return to work or enter the store until they have completed their quarantine or isolation, are symptom-free and have tested negative, according to health officials.

However, during this time, Whole Foods says, employees receive two weeks’ wages.

Taking further precautions, Whole Foods also confirmed that the store closed early on February 23 for thorough cleaning and reopened the following day.

“The safety of our team members and customers remains our number one priority. We are therefore taking extensive measures to address this issue and have taken extensive measures to ensure the safety of the people in our stores,” a Whole Foods spokesperson told FOX Business in a statement.

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Meanwhile, “the Detroit Health Department continues to work closely with Whole Foods to provide vaccines to all grocery store employees, oversee procedures at that location, and ensure safety precautions are followed,” the department wrote in a statement on his website.

In February, Whole Foods sent several text messages to all on-site team members to encourage them to sign up for vaccinations in town. Flyers were also posted around the shop.

The vaccine will be available to grocery store workers and other frontline workers, as well as Detroit residents who are 60 years or older.

The health department also took this opportunity to remind consumers to continue to take extra precautions despite the launch of the vaccine.

“Stay home if you are sick and see a doctor if symptoms worsen. Wear a mask, avoid the crowds, observe social distance and wash your hands frequently,” officials said.

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