Publix Super Markets Media Relations Manager, Nicole Krause, confirmed Thursday, July 23, 2020 that new positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at several Publix locations in Seminole County, including six stores that did not have cases at the end of June when we first reported on this.
While we attempted to obtain an update from Publix on a weekly basis since our June 30 reporting, this is the first update and confirmation we received.
According to Krause, the following stores reported NEW cases of COVID-19 from their associates within the last 14 days:
#301 Jamestown Place – 951 N State Road 434 Altamonte Springs, 32714
#442 Gateway Crossing – 851 S State Road 434 Altamonte Springs, 32714
#1285 Casselberry Commons – 1455 State Road 436 Ste 221 Casselberry, 32707
#1127 Lake Mary Collection – 4195 W Lake Mary Blvd Lake Mary, 32746
#1428 Springs Plaza – 2381 W State Road 434 Longwood, 32779
#1668 Longwood Hills Market – 675 Longwood Hills Rd Unit 1001 Longwood, 32750
#329 Alafaya Square – 81 Alafaya Woods Blvd Oviedo, 32765
#1559 Shoppes at Sterling Creek – 443 W CR 419 Ste 1001 Oviedo, 32766
#458 University Palms Shopping Center – 4250 Alafaya Trl Ste 148 Oviedo, 32765
#675 Riverside Landings – 1801 E Broadway St Oviedo, 32765
#62 Winter Springs Town Center – 1160 E State Road 434 Winter Springs, 32708
The following Publix locations, while they had associates test positive for COVID-19 previously, had NO NEW CASES within the last 14 days:
#742 Publix at Palm Springs Crossing – 482 E Altamonte Dr Ste 1005 Altamonte Springs, 32701
#379 Casselberry Collection – 3385 S US Highway 17/92 Suite 181 Casselberry, 32707
#1304 Colonial Towne Park Center – 870 Village Oak Ln Lake Mary, 32746
#698 Lake Mary Pointe – 601 Weldon Blvd Lake Mary, 32746
#493 Tuscawilla Bend Shopping Center – 2100 Winter Springs Blvd Oviedo, 32765
#641 Publix at Lake Forest – 5240 W State Road 46 Sanford, 32771
#796 Willa Springs Village – 5655 Red Bug Lake Rd Winter Springs, 32708
The following Publix stores are NEWLY CONFIRMED locations that had associates test positive for COVID-19, but the results were from earlier, not within the last 14 days:
#1661 Palm Springs Center – 503 E Altamonte Dr Ste 1005, Altamonte Springs, 32701
#833 Cornerstone at Lake Mary – 825 Rinehart Rd Lake Mary, 32746
UPDATED 7/25/2020: The only store that has NOT had any COVID-19 cases thus far in Seminole County is store #1295 located at 2871 Clayton Crossing Way, Ste 1001, Oviedo.
Additional details were again requested from Publix, such as (a) how many employees had tested positive in total, and how many per store location? (b) had any of the employees who had tested positive recovered? and (c) had any of the employees returned to work since being tested positive? Krause responded, “Due to privacy laws we cannot share private information about our associates.”
According to Krause, the safety protocols reported previously for their employees and the protective measures taken in all their locations have remained the same, and are shared again below.
Publix safety protocols and store sanitation measures
The Publix protocol for employees who test positive for COVID-19 is to have them quarantine with paid leave for 14 days to recover from the illness.
“As an essential service provider, the health and well-being of our customers, associates and communities are our top priority,” Krause said in a statement. “We are proud of how our dedicated associates are taking care of our customers and each other through this unprecedented and challenging time. And, we thank our customers for continuing to trust us with providing them with the goods and services they need.”
Krause continued, “Like other essential service providers, we have seen our own associates and their families personally impacted by COVID-19. Unfortunately, as public health officials have indicated, we expect to see an increase in cases as the virus spreads in our communities.
The testing and reporting of cases by health departments varies widely state-by-state. As a result, we cannot fully and accurately report cases in real time, but we have been, and will continue to be, keenly focused on intensive, ongoing protective measures in all our stores.”
Krause explained that those efforts are conducted with guidance from the CDC, local and state health departments and include:
• A heightened ongoing disinfection program focusing on high-touch surfaces like touch pads, door and drawer handles, phones and computers.
• Continued cleaning and sanitization of stores.
• Quarantine and paid leave for 14 days for any associate who tests positive for COVID-19 to recover from the illness.
• Notification, quarantine and paid leave for up to 14 days for associates who have been in close contact with the associate who tests positive for COVID-19.
• The installation of plexiglass shields at registers, customer service desks and pharmacies in all stores.
• In-store signage and public address announcements reminding customers and associates of social distancing.
• Visual reminders of appropriate six-foot spacing via marked lines at registers.
• Adjusted store hours to allow more time to conduct additional disinfection measures and restock shelves.