Everett Trader Joe’s closed due to workers ill with COVID-19

The store will close for cleaning. Five other Trader Joe’s stores closed temporarily this week.

EVERETT — Trader Joe’s in Everett is closed until Thursday for cleaning after more than one worker tested positive for COVID-19.

This comes a day after a Trader Joe’s employee at a Scarsdale, N.Y., store died due to COVID-19. Nationwide, several workers at Walmart and other grocery stores have also died after contracting the virus.

Six Trader Joe’s stores nationwide temporarily closed this week due to coronavirus concerns. Five of them were on the East Coast.

The store at 811 SE Everett Mall Way is set to reopen April 9.

The latest date an infected Everett worker was in the store was April 4, the Trader Joe’s website said. It did not specify how many workers were infected.

The store closed for “additional precautionary cleaning and sanitization,” the website said. “While a store is closed, Trader Joe’s pays all Crew Members for their scheduled shifts.”

The site says the company provides up to two weeks of additional paid sick time to workers who have any symptoms of illness.

The grocery store chain’s corporate offices did not return an inquiry Tuesday from The Daily Herald.

The Trader Joe’s store on Highway 99 in Lynnwood remained open.

The Snohomish Health District does not release public information about employers unless connected to healthcare or long-term care. There have been 1,659 cases in Snohomish County confirmed or presumed positive for COVID-19, and 83 probable cases. About half have recovered, and 61 died.

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

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