Walmart in Quincy closed after employee dies from the coronavirus

Ten other employees at the store have tested positive for the virus.

A line forms outside of the Walmart in Quincy on April 4.
A line forms outside of the Walmart in Quincy on April 4 as the store implements new restrictions on capacity. –Blake Nissen/ For The Boston Globe

The Walmart in Quincy is closed after an employee at the store died from the coronavirus, Mayor Tom Koch announced Monday.

The store shut down around 3:30 p.m. on Monday and will be closed until further notice, the mayor said in his daily briefing on COVID-19.

“We certainly express our sympathy to her family,” Koch said of the employee who passed away. “The [city’s] health commissioner has been in touch with corporate Walmart. They made a decision on their own to close down, go through the whole facility, clean it all once again, and test all their employees to see what other positive cases they may have.”

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Ten other employees at the store have tested positive for the virus, Ruth Jones, the city’s health commissioner, told Boston.com on Tuesday.

Walmart did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

Last week, a Walmart in Worcester closed its doors after dozens of employees were diagnosed with the coronavirus. According to NBC10 Boston, since the closure, the number of cases among employees at the store has risen to 81 after 391 employees were tested for the illness.

Quincy had 858 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, and 85 city residents had passed away from the illness. Statewide, there have been just over 69,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 4,000 residents across Massachusetts.


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