Detroit Whole Foods outbreak hits 23 workers, shuts Midtown store nearly 2 days

February 25, 2021, 8:17 PM

A coronavirus cluster linked to Whole Foods in Midtown Detroit shut the Mack Avenue market for more than a day this week.

The Mack Avenue store opened more than seven years ago. (Photo: Yelp/Mel B.)

"Nearly two dozen employees of the Whole Foods Market in Midtown Detroit have tested positive for Covid-19 after a recent outbreak, Detroit Health Department Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair said Thursday," reports Detour Detroit, a biweekly newsletter.

The store closed early Tuesday and opened late Wednesday for a professional deep cleaning before resuming normal business hours, Whole Foods Market confirmed.

"Upon being informed of positive cases at Whole Foods, the Detroit Health Department team acted immediately to address this outbreak by offering rapid testing to all employees," Fair said in an email.

"So far, 23 employees out of 196 have tested positive. We have received a commitment from Whole Foods that no workers or close contacts of any employee who has tested positive will be allowed back to work until they have produced a negative test result."

Whole Foods staffers who test positive can take up to two weeks off with pay.

The Detroit store opened in June 2013. 

Read more:  Detour Detroit

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