Updated at 3pm
A second Publix employee in Gainesville tested positive for COVID-19 at a separate location, it was learned this afternoon.
Employees at the Publix Tower Square and the Williston Shopping Plaza in Gainesville have tested positive for COVID-19, a company spokesperson confirmed.
Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous reported on April 18th, “We can confirm that we have an associate who works at store #0527, 5801 SW 75th St., Gainesville, FL., that has tested positive for COVID-19.”
The second location is at 5200 SW 34th Street in Gainesville.
“As an essential service provider, the health and well-being of our customers, associates and communities are our top priority,” she said.
“We are proud of how our dedicated associates are taking care of our customers and each other through this unprecedented and challenging time. And, we thank our customers for continuing to trust us with providing them with the goods and services they need.
“Like other essential service providers, we have seen our own associates and their families personally impacted by COVID-19. Unfortunately, as public health officials have indicated, we expect to see an increase in cases as the virus spreads in our communities.”
This is a breaking news story. Updates will follow on Mainstreet Daily News as more details are known.