Several Trader Joe's locations in NJ, NY temporarily close after employees test positive, develop COVID-19 symptoms

Trader Joe’s announces 2 new NYC locations
Posted at 3:32 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 15:32:31-04

NEW YORK — Five Trader Joe’s stores in New York and New Jersey have temporarily closed for precautionary cleaning after employees have tested positive or developed symptoms of COVID-19.

The following stores are temporarily closed:

  • Millburn, N.J. — Crew members at the Trader Joe’s on 187 Millburn Ave. reported COVID-19-related symptoms. They were last present in the store on March 24.
  • Florham Park, N.J. — A crew member is receiving medical attention for a suspected case of COVID-19. They were last present at the Columbus Turnpike store on March 23.
  • Union Square, Manhattan — A crew member at the grocery store and wine store on 142 E. 14 St and 138 E. 14 St. tested positive for COVID-19. They were last present in the store on March 22.
  • Plainview, N.Y. — A crew member who is receiving medical attention for a suspected case of COVID-19 was last present at the Oyster Bay Road store on March 21.
  • SoHo, Manhattan — Crew members at the Spring Street location tested positive for COVID-19. The latest date where an infected crew member was in the store was March 17.

A store in Elkridge, Maryland has also been temporarily closed after an employee is receiving care for a suspected case of COVID-19.

Employees at the respective locations have been contacted and anyone who may have been in contact have been advised to follow CDC-recommended self-monitoring guidelines.

The company said it will continue to pay all employees for their scheduled shifts despite the closure.

As soon as the stores have been fully cleaned and restocked, the locations plan to reopen.

There are currently 30,811 cases of COVID-19 in the state of New York, with 285 deaths as of Wednesday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

In New Jersey, there are currently 4,402 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 62 deaths, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.