A ShopRite employee has tested positive for coronavirus, store officials confirmed Thursday afternoon to Delaware Online/The News Journal.
The employee worked at the ShopRite of 1st State Plaza on West Newport Pike, near Newport. The company did not say when the employee last worked and when they tested positive.
The grocery store held its typical operating hours Thursday.
"The impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community of Wilmington has been felt by us all," ShopRite said in a statement. "Many of us know a friend, family member or co-worker who has been affected. The same holds true at ShopRite of 1st State Plaza, where a member of our work family – the associates who provide essential services every day – has reported a confirmed case of COVID-19."
As of April 2, the state has confirmed 12 deaths related to COVID-19 and 393 cases.
Under Delaware's stay-at-home order, which bans public gatherings of more than 10 people and encourages residents to stay home as much as possible, grocery stores are one of few businesses allowed to remain open.
Grocery stores throughout Delaware, including the state's six ShopRite locations, have installed plexiglass shields to separate cashiers from customers.
ShopRite has placed blue squares on the floor of its stores 6 feet apart to encourage social distancing. Every aisle is now one way and arrows indicate the direction traffic should flow.
In its statement, ShopRite said the employee who tested positive is no longer reporting to work and colleagues who may have been in close contact have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
ShopRite said it will continue to deep clean and sanitize food contact surfaces and high-touch areas throughout the store. ShopRite did not announce any changes to its normal operating hours.