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Portland Whole Foods employee dies of COVID-19; another tests positive

An employee at the Hollywood location of Whole Foods in Northeast Portland has tested positive for the coronavirus.

PORTLAND, Ore. — An employee who worked at the Whole Foods Market in Portland's Pearl District has died from COVID-19, a spokeswoman for the company confirmed Wednesday.

It's unknown what role the individual had at the store. The person died April 20.

Additionally, an employee at the Hollywood location of Whole Foods in Northeast Portland has tested positive for coronavirus. The company spokeswoman didn't release details about what that individual's role was at the store, to protect the person's privacy.

“The safety of our team members and customers is our top priority and we are diligently following all guidance from local health and food safety authorities. As we prioritize the health and safety of our customers and Team Members, we will continue to do the following to help contain the spread of COVID-19," read a statement from Whole Foods Market.

Here's a look at the measures Whole Foods Market has implemented at its stores in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Fred Meyer announced last month that an employee working at its Northeast Glisan store in Portland tested positive for COVID-19 and hadn't been to work since March 10. 

Earlier this month, WinCo announced that three of its workers in two Oregon stores had tested positive for the coronavirus.

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