The local Walgreens, 1528 Main St., was closed for most of a day this week over concern about employees potentially having COVID-19, a company spokesperson said Friday.
A county health official, though, said no one at the store tested positive.
Kris Lathan, a spokesperson from the Walgreens media relations office in Deerfield, Illinois, said in an email that the corporation had been notified that team members were either being evaluated or had tested positive for COVID-19. Store managers are not allowed to talk to the media, so all questions are referred to media relations.
Lathan said the store was closed for a comprehensive cleaning at about noon Wednesday and reopened on time at 8 a.m. Thursday. Cleaning sometimes requires temporarily closing a store, during which time Walgreens customers can visit a nearby location for their prescription needs, Lathan said.
Labette County Health Department Administrator Lisa Stivers said Thursday that no Walgreens employee tested positive for COIVD-19. Upon inquiry, someone at the store notified the health department that the store was just closed for cleaning.
It’s possible that there was concern that an employee or employees had contact with someone who had tested positive, but no further information was available on Friday.
Lathan said when Walgreens is notified of a confirmed or presumed positive COVID-19 case, the corporation takes swift actions meeting or exceeding recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, public health officials and other credible sources while following federal, state and local health advisories.
“Our clinical and safety teams work closely with our field and store leadership to respond, which may include identifying and contacting individuals who may be at risk in order to self-quarantine or self-monitor their health, as well as cleaning and disinfecting impacted areas of the store,” Lathan said in the email.