Foggy Bottom Whole Foods employee tests positive for COVID-19

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The store will reopen after undergoing a deep cleaning and disinfection process.

An employee at the Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, WUSA9 reported Wednesday.

The I Street location has temporarily closed for “deep cleaning and disinfection” but will reopen for business “shortly,” according to WUSA. The company states that the worker is now in quarantine and has not provided any additional information about the employee, WUSA reported.

“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,” the company told WUSA.

The number of known cases of COVID-19 in the District has jumped to 590 as of Wednesday evening, according to The Washington Post. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a stay-at-home order for District residents Monday effective Wednesday.

Researchers at the Institute for Metrics and Evaluation, a population health research center at the University of Washington, have predicted that the projected peak number of daily COVID-19 deaths in D.C. will occur in about mid-April at four to six deaths per day, resulting in roughly 132 fatalities by May 19, Washingtonian reported Sunday.

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