A San Jose grocery store has temporarily shut its doors for cleaning and sanitizing after an employee who contracted COVID-19 died.
The FoodMaxx on Parkmoor Avenue near Meridian Avenue is temporarily closed after store employees learned of their coworker’s death.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the FoodMaxx store located at 1539 Parkmoor Ave. in San Jose has been temporarily closed,” company spokeswoman Victoria Castro said in an email. “It is expected to re-open in the next few days.”
The company was notified of the employee’s death on Saturday, March 21, but Castro specified the employee had not been in the store since March 6. FoodMaxx says the employee “went on vacation and fell ill while away.”
It is unclear when the employee died, but the store closed on Saturday night when managers became aware of the death.
According to Castro, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department indicated there is no concern for customers or employees of the store about potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.
FoodMaxx was told the store could re-open when the company is ready to do so and Castro said that is expected to happen “in the coming days.”
FoodMaxx operates 54 stores in California, including four in San Jose. The stores are owned by the Save Mart Companies, which is headquartered in Modesto.