On Tuesday, June 30, Publix confirmed that employees at 14 store locations in Seminole County had tested positive for COVID-19. Later, on July 2, it was acknowledged that most of these employees had been confirmed positive within the last two weeks.
At the time of initial reporting, on July 1st, Publix had not confirmed any additional details that had been requested, such as (a) how many employees had tested positive in total, and how many per store location? (b) when was the testing conducted? (c) had any of the employees who had tested positive recovered? and (d) had any of the employees returned to work since being tested positive?
In addition, there was a Seminole County Publix store location that had not been reported on initially, store #1295 – Shoppes at Aloma Walk located at 2871 Clayton Crossing Way, Ste 1001, Oviedo, 32765. Publix was asked to confirm if any employees had tested positive with COVID-19 at that location as well.
To date, the only response received on the above inquiries was in answer to the testing time frame.
According to Nicole Krause, Media Relations Manager for Publix, “Stores 1428, 301, 379, 796, 329, 493, 1559, 1127, 1304, 698, 641 have all had confirmed cases within the last 14 days. Store 742, 62 and 458 did not have confirmed cases in the last 14 days.”
Those store locations with confirmed cases in the last 14 days are as follows:
#301 Jamestown Place – 951 N State Road 434 Altamonte Springs, 32714
#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
#1127 Lake Mary Collection – 4195 W Lake Mary Blvd Lake Mary, 32746
#698 Lake Mary Pointe – 601 Weldon Blvd Lake Mary, 32746
#1428 Springs Plaza – 2381 W State Road 434 Longwood, 32779
#329 Alafaya Square – 81 Alafaya Woods Blvd Oviedo, 32765
#1559 Shoppes at Sterling Creek – 443 W CR 419 Ste 1001 Oviedo, 32766
#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 three store locations that had confirmed cases more than 14 days ago are as follows:
#742 Publix at Palm Springs Crossing – 482 E Altamonte Dr Ste 1005 Altamonte Springs, 32701
#458 University Palms Shopping Center – 4250 Alafaya Trl Ste 148 Oviedo, 32765
#62 Winter Springs Town Center – 1160 E State Road 434 Winter Springs, 32708
As of June 30, the following Seminole County Publix store locations had not had employees who tested positive with COVID-19:
#442 Gateway Crossing – 851 S State Road 434 Altamonte Springs, 32714
#1661 Palm Springs Center – 503 E Altamonte Dr Ste 1005, Altamonte Springs, 32701
#1285 Casselberry Commons – 1455 State Road 436 Ste 221 Casselberry, 32707
#833 Cornerstone at Lake Mary – 825 Rinehart Rd Lake Mary, 32746
#1668 Longwood Hills Market – 675 Longwood Hills Rd Unit 1001 Longwood, 32750
#675 Riverside Landings – 1801 E Broadway St Oviedo, 32765
The Publix protocol for employees who test positive for COVID-19 is that they quarantine and receive paid leave for 14 days to recover from the illness.
According to Krause, Publix has “intensive, ongoing protective measures in all our stores… 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.”
This story will be updated as more information is received.