Officials with the Lakeland-based Publix grocery store chain have confirmed that an employee at the Bradfordville Center Shopping Center store recently tested positive for COVID-19.
The confirmation was reported first by the Tallahassee Democrat.
Due to privacy laws, a company spokesperson stated that no further information about the case could be released.
Publix, which is listed as an essential service, has set special hours for senior citizens in an effort to provide more protection from COVID-19.
Publix CEO Todd Jones has previously stated that the company has “remained in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and state agencies since January to monitor developments and updated guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19).”
Jones said that Publix’s “routine cleaning and sanitation standards already meet CDC guidelines. Additionally, we’ve put in place a heightened disinfection response program. We’ve also suspended food demonstrations in our stores until further notice.”