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Massachusetts Walmart has 81 cases of COVID-19 among employees

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Additional cases of COVID-19 have been discovered at a Massachusetts Walmart.

According to the City of Worcester, a total of 391 employees at the Walmart at 25 Tobias Boland Way in Worcester were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1.

Of the 391 employees tested this week, a total of 58 tested positive and 333 tested negative. The initial outbreak announced earlier this week had 23 positive employees. Overall, 81 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

The first employee at the location tested positive on April 8.

There have been rumors of cases of the coronavirus at many Massachusetts Walmart locations, however, when contacting Walmart officials, they refused to answer if that was the case.

During an inspection of the Worcester location on Tuesday, officials found that not all employees were wearing masks or face coverings while working and customers were seen shopping without them.

After the city got involved, the location was forced to shut down and Walmart Worcester issued the following statement.

“Now more than ever before, customers are relying on Walmart for the essentials they need for their families, and our associates are doing heroic work serving their communities. Our community is currently suffering from a high rate of coronavirus cases. Out of an abundance of caution, we will temporarily close our store on Thursday, April 30th to allow extra time for third-party specialists to further sanitize the store. It will also give our associates additional time to restock shelves and prepare the store to once again serve the community during this unprecedented time. We’ll be sure to notify you as soon as our store is safe to re-open.”

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  1. Megan

    May 4, 2020 at 10:49 am

    I haven’t heard anything about Walmart taking precautions or paying their employees extra during his time when you know the company is profiting more then ever, I havent shopped at walmart once since this began and dont plan on it either, the Coroporation as a whole is disgusting how it is run and its up to our government to step in which they dont, they have always practiced unfair labor this is nothing new.

    • Jacqueline Telfaire

      May 5, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      I AGREE 100% they are a horrible company to work for and is so sad they do not care about their employees all they care about is getting their work out horrible horrible company to work for

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