Two Carlsbad grocery workers test positive for coronavirus

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 14:56:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Two Carlsbad grocery store workers have tested positive for coronavirus, after the county reported COVID-19 cases among restaurant workers and another grocery employee.

Sprouts confirmed two employees from the company's store at 2618 El Camino Real have tested positive. The two cases include:

  • One team member who was last in the store on March 15
  • One team member who was last in the store on March 17

Sprouts said team members who may have come into contact with an infected colleague have been notified and asked to self-quarantine. The store also conducted "extensive cleaning and sanitizing" to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

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"In addition to following CDC and other health authority guidelines and providing our stores with the latest safety guidance, we have invested additional labor hours into our stores to allow for more frequent cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, paying close attention to high touch areas such as service counters, restrooms, carts and checkout lanes," Sprouts said on the company's website.

The company has also started to install plexiglass barriers at registers and is promoting social distancing and hygiene measures.


Sprouts' announcement comes a day after county health officials confirmed an Escondido Albertsons employee and four local restaurant workers have tested positive for coronavirus.

County officials did not identify where the four restaurant employees work. A spokesperson with Albertsons Companies confirmed to 10News on Saturday that an employee of an Escondido grocery store tested positive for COVID-19.

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Albertsons Public Affairs Director Melissa Hill told 10News that the employee is receiving care and has not worked at the store since March 24. Hill added that the store has been through multiple sanitizing and disinfecting cycles.