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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.