Coronavirus Chicago: 2 Target employees test positive for COVID-19, company says

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two employees at Target locations in Chicago have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the company confirmed Sunday in a statement.

The company said one employee who tested positive works at the South Loop location at 1154 S. Clark Street and the other works at the Near North Side location at 2656 N. Elston Avenue.

"We're working in close partnership with local health departments and can share that our South Loop and Near North stores each have a Target team member who has a positive case of the coronavirus. Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members and guests, and we're taking a number of steps to move forward," the company said in a statement.

The company said team members who communicated directly with those employees "have been placed in quarantine following all health department guidelines and Target will continue to pay those employees while they are on leave."

Target said the company also "worked quickly to deep clean and sanitize the stores" based on the recommendation of public health experts.

Read the full statement from Target below:

"We're working in close partnership with local health departments and can share that our South Loop and Near North stores each have a Target team member who has a positive case of the coronavirus. Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members and guests, and we're taking a number of steps to move forward.

First, we've communicated directly with the impacted team members, who are in quarantine and following all health department guidelines, and we'll pay them while they're on leave. We've also worked quickly to deep clean and sanitize the stores, which is the recommendation of public health experts.

We have notified the store teams and are providing them with the appropriate CDC guidance. We'll continue to first and foremost take care of our team and guests."


On Saturday, Walmart took new action to protect customers and employees who are still reporting to work by limiting the number of shoppers in stores.

This comes after two employees at Walmart's Evergreen Park location -on 95th and Western Avenue died from COVID-19 complications, officials said.
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