The Walmart in Worcester reopens after 81 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
The city of Worcester had ordered the Walmart Supercenter at 25 Tobias Boland Way to close on Wednesday, issuing a cease-and-desist order after 23 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
Over Thursday and Friday, 391 more employees were tested, with 58 tests coming back positive and 333 negative, for a total of 81 Walmart workers who have COVID-19, according to a news release from the city.
“The store shall remain closed until it is professionally cleaned and sanitized and a re-inspection by our health department can occur,” the city said when it closed the store.
The Walmart posted on Facebook on Wednesday that it would reopen Friday, which didn’t happen. The store remained closed on Saturday, according to the Walmart website.
The store added Thursday, “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 to serve the community during this unprecedented time. We’ll be sure to notify you as soon as our store is safe to re-open.
The Worcester Division of Public Health inspected the store on Tuesday, and reported that staff and patrons were not wearing proper personal protective equipment.
Worcester reported 2,190 coronavirus cases in total in the city in its Saturday news release.
Statewide, 3,846 people have died of the highly contagious virus, and 66,263 Bay Staters have tested positive.
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