Employee at Walgreens in Seminole tests positive for coronavirus

A employee at the Walgreens at 10563 Park Blvd. on the corner of Park and Seminole boulevards tested positive for coronavirus and the store was subsequently closed, in what an official called “an abundance of caution.” A sign on the door of the store said “We are closed for maintenance. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

SEMINOLE — An employee at a Walgreens store in Seminole has tested positive for coronavirus.

District manager Mark Mason confirmed to Tampa Bay Newspapers on Thursday night that an unnamed employee called in to report the diagnosis Wednesday afternoon.

Citing privacy rules, Mason declined to say whether the employee worked in the store or the pharmacy.

The store, located at 10563 Park Blvd. on the corner of Park and Seminole boulevards, was subsequently closed afterward, in what Mason said was “an abundance of caution.”

A sign on the door of the store said “We are closed for maintenance. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

A statement from Walgreens said the individual had not been in the store since March 12.

"In accordance with our established protocols and CDC guidance, we took immediate action to temporarily close the store for cleaning in order to disinfect the premises," the statement reads. "We promptly notified and followed the guidance from the public health department."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days. Symptoms can appear as early as two days after exposure, or in some cases, the symptoms may be so mild that one is unaware they are infected or contagious.

When asked if there was a plan in place to notify any store or pharmacy patients about the case, he declined to comment, referring a reporter to the health department.

The statement from Walgreens, however, said, "We have contacted impacted individuals who may be at risk and they are self-quarantined."

Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Pinellas County is currently tracking 16 positive coronavirus cases, while the state of Florida is tracking 328, as of Thursday night.

Since the store’s closure, Mason said it has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

Employees with Coastal DKI, a Stuart-based company that specializes among other things in infectious disease control, were spotted outside the store Thursday morning.

According to Mason, the store will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday.

If you were a visitor at the Seminole location within the past two weeks, Mason said to refer all questions to the health department, which can be reached at 866-779-6121.

TBN Staff Writer Tiffany Razzano contributed to this report. 

Updated to include statement from Walgreens.