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Eight businesses agree to test employees routinely to avoid 2-week closures

Megan Abundis
Updated: December 04, 2020 06:07 PM
Created: December 04, 2020 04:48 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Eight businesses have signed on to an agreement with the state of New Mexico to test their employees for COVID-19 every two weeks.

The agreement allows businesses to avoid a two-week shutdown if they get four or more cases in less than 14 days.

The businesses that are participating include:

  • Albertsons
  • Galles Chevrolet
  • Smith's
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods
  • Woodland Ace Hardware
  • Costco

The New Mexico Environment Department says the list is great news for public health. 

On the low end, the department says more than 40,000 people will get tested every month. 

However, some grocery stores could still face closures in the future. 

"Not all grocery stores have signed the agreement," said Maddy Hayden, spokesperson for the New Mexico Environment Department.

While people should feel safer and more confident shopping at stores on the list, Hayden said case counts could go up.

"You might start to see increased case count at these locations, and that's because through this problem, we are discovering asymptomatic employees who normally would have flown under that radar, but resulted in workplace spread and customer service," she said.


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