Worcester’s Walmart to remain closed after 81 workers test positive for coronavirus, city sees spike in cases

WORCESTER, MASS. (WHDH) - Worcester’s Walmart will remain closed after 58 more workers tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend, but officials said the store has been cleaned and they expect it to open soon.

All 391 employees were tested for the virus since the store closed on Wednesday and 81 workers tested positive, up from 23 earlier in the week, officials said. The store has undergone two deep cleanings and two inspections since the first cases were discovered.

“There are some stray employees that were on leave and were not around to be tested Thursday and Friday when we did the bulk testing, we want to make sure they are tested to be sure that they are not the ones that start an outbreak in the group we have as negative,” said Worcester Medical Director Dr. Michael Hirsh.

The city reported 109 more cases of COVID-19 from Friday to Saturday.

No new positive cases were reported in the police or fire departments, which have a combined 11 positive cases to date.

The number of employees who tested positive at Saint Vincent Hospital and UMass Memorial Health Care is now 183.

The field hospital at the DCU Center saw 19 new homeless patients and 21 non-homeless people on Saturday.

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