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Portland Shaw's employee tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

A spokesperson for Shaw's says they have associates in several New England locations that have tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus.

PORTLAND, Maine — EDITOR'S NOTE: You are hearing the term 'flattening the curve' as a way to stem the tide of coronavirus cases. The above video explains what that means.

A Shaw's Supermarket associate at the Congress St. location has tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a company spokesperson.

Teresa Edington, External Communication & Community Relations Manager for Shaw's Supermarkets and Star Markets told NEWS CENTER Maine that the chain has several associates in several other stores across New England that have been confirmed positive for the virus. The list includes: 

  • Hyde Park, MA
  • Easton, MA
  • Dover, NH
  • Littleton, NH
  • Woodsville, NH
  • Middlebury, VT
  • Harwich, MA

Edington expressed deep concern for the employees.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with the associates who tested positive and we hope for a full recovery," said Edington.

Edington says the grocery chain had already beefed up cleaning routines before the diagnosis.

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"When we are notified that an associate has received a COVID-19 diagnosis, we put the health and safety of our customers first," said Edington. "Even though a store goes through multiple, daily cycles of enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting every day, if we learn that an associate has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we conduct additional thorough cleaning and disinfection."

Edington also said the stores are strictly following all CDC guidelines to keep the public as well as their employees safe and healthy. 

At NEWS CENTER Maine, we're focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the illness. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: /coronavirus

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