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Fourth case of COVID-19 in Brown Co. is a grocery store employee

The fourth confirmed case is a woman in her 40s, who is currently in quarantine. She was employed at Brookeshires, but has not been at work since March 30.
Credit: City of Brownwood

BROWN COUNTY, Texas — A fourth confirmed case of COVID-19 in Brown County has been reported by the Brownwood/Brown County Health Department.

According to a press release, the case is a woman in her 40s, who is currently in quarantine. The woman did not report any international travel or travel outside the county before symptoms became apparent.

She was working at Brookeshires, 1400 Austin Ave., in Brownwood, but has not been to work since March 30.

The health department recommends anyone who visited Brookeshire's grocery store from March 28-30 to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. If these individuals show symptoms such as fever, dry cough or shortness of breath, they should call their primary care physician and notify the doctor of possible exposure to COVID-19.

Brownwood-Brown County Health Administrator Lisa Dick said in an email, "It's important to reinforce preventative measures like social distancing, staying home, except to essential travel to work, for food or medical attention and working from home when possible."

Brookeshire's is voluntarily closed, effective immediately, and bringing in a third-party professional cleaning company to thoroughly sanitize the store.

According to the press release Brookeshire's stated the store will reopen when they are confident that the potential for exposure has been eliminated.

In an emailed statement, Brookeshire's Communications contact said: "Brookshire Grocery Co. is aware of a possible exposure at the Brookshire’s in Brownwood, Texas, and we are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health authorities, which includes voluntarily closing the store and quarantining anyone possibly effected. BGC is working with the Health Department to provide notice to anyone who may have been exposed to the individual in question. BGC’s number one priority is the health and safety of our employee-partners and customers. With heightened concerns about Covid-19, flu and other respiratory illnesses, the Company continues to reinforce protocols to protect our partners and customers. The Company has processes that requires all possible exposures to be reported to the Company along with quarantine procedures for any employee that could possibly been exposed. In addition to our normal stringent cleaning standards, we are bringing in a third-party professional cleaning company in to thoroughly clean and sanitize the store. To help prevent the spread of these illnesses in our workplace and communities, we are requiring store leaders to take temperatures of all partners before they begin work each day and remind all employees to adhere to all CDC guidelines. The store will reopen when we are confident that any potential exposure has been eliminated."

Current totals for COVID-19 testing in Brown County:
70 - Tested
56 - Negative
10 - Pending
4 - Positive
2 - Recovered
0 - Deaths