CUMMING, Ga. — Publix officials have confirmed that an employee working at the Publix at 1735 Buford Highway in Cumming has tested positive for COVID-19. 

According to Publix's Director of Communications, Maria Brous, the employee has not been to the grocery store at Cruse Marketplace in over a week.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we conducted a deep clean of the store when the associate informed us they weren’t feeling well. We received confirmation from the Georgia Department of Public Health yesterday that they did test positive," said Brous.

The store completed a disinfection-level deep cleaning of the store in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Department of Public Health.

“At Publix, the health and well-being of our associates, our customers and our communities remains our top priority,” said Brous. “Following our disinfection protocol and with the support of the public health department, the store is operating normal business hours. We are thinking of our associate and their family during this time and wishing them a swift recovery.”

The Georgia Department of Public Health has informed Publix that store customers are considered to be at low risk of exposure and the products sold at the store do not represent a risk to customers.

As part of Publix’s general response to COVID-19, the company has implemented a heightened disinfection program focusing on high-touch surfaces like touchpads, door and drawer handles, phones and computers. It has also taken in-store measures, such as suspending food demonstrations. Additionally, to allow time to conduct additional preventive sanitation and restock products on shelves for the next day, Publix adjusted store hours (8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in all stores). 

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