ELKRIDGE, Md. (WJZ) — A Trader Joe’s store in Howard County has closed temporarily for a deep cleaning after an employee “has either tested positive for COVID-19 or is receiving treatment for a suspected case.”

The crew member was last in the store on Monday, Trader Joe’s said.

CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE:

“We encourage customers who visited the store over the 14-day period ending on March 23, and have health-related concerns, to contact the Howard County Health Department Coronavirus Information Line: (410) 313-6284.”

Grocery stores are considered essential businesses under Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders and are allowed to stay open, but the governor is still encouraging people to follow the “six-feet apart” rule in line with social distancing precautions.

Restaurants and bars are still able to operate using delivery and carryout only.

For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.

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