Five different Shoprites, most in the Lower Hudson Valley, announced an employee at each location tested positive for COVID-19.

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ShopRite of LaGrangeville announced on Facebook an employee was recently confirmed to have COVID-19. The employee is no longer working, other employees are in self-quarantine and the company followed CDC guidelines to clean the store, officials say.

The company said due to privacy laws they can't release the name of the associate, which department the person worked in, or other information that may potentially help in identifying the employee.

ShopRite also announced four employees from four different stores in Westchester County, Thornwood, New Rochelle, Tuckahoe and Bedford Hills, all also tested positive for novel coronavirus.

ShopRite released the following statement, according to ABC.

ShopRite is prepared and we have implemented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended protocol to reduce the spread of the virus including:

--Making sure the associate is no longer in the workplace
--Asking colleagues who may have been in close contact with this person to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days
--In addition to following CDC protocols, we have implemented our own enhanced deep cleaning process including sanitizing all workspaces used by the associate and common areas

The store will remain open and continue to follow all necessary guidelines as recommended by the CDC.

We are proud of the amazing dedication our associates are demonstrating and we thank them for their service to our customers in keeping stores open and shelves stocked with essentials our shoppers need. We wish our associates well and hope for a speedy recovery. We also thank our customers for their patience and continued support.

The containment of the Coronavirus is a shared responsibility and we remind everyone:

--If you are sick, please refrain from coming to the store
--Cover your coughs and sneezes
--Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face
--Practice social distancing, wherever possible"

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