Employee at San Diego AT&T store tests positive for coronavirus

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SAN DIEGO — AT&T temporarily closed six retail stores in San Diego after a retail worker tested positive for the coronavirus, a company spokesman said Thursday.

“A retail store employee in San Diego has received a ‘presumptive’ positive test for COVID-19,” AT&T spokesman Fletcher Cook wrote in an email to FOX 5. “The positive test has not yet been confirmed by the CDC. Out of an abundance of caution, yesterday we closed and deep cleaned several stores in the area that this employee or colleagues in close contact to this employee may have visited recently. Those stores will reopen today.”

The company closed and cleaned six stores in Chula Vista, Escondido, San Marcos, Oceanside, National City and Vista, Cook said.

The employee worked at a store in Chula Vista, Cook told FOX 5. The specific store in Chula Vista was not immediately identified.

The five other stores were closed and cleaned “out of an abundance of caution,” Cook said.

On Thursday, the City of Chula Vista said the individual who received the “presumptive” positive test for the coronavirus had recently traveled an area outside the U.S. that the CDC designated a “high-risk” area for the virus.

Officials said the city has been in contact with those the individual might have exposed to the virus and has recommended they follow the CDC’s self-quarantine guidelines. The city’s public information specialist, Diane Howell, said the city will monitor those exposed individuals for the extent of the 14-day self-imposed quarantine.

One of those individuals, another AT&T employee, is now being monitored and quarantined by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. She has decided to keep her child, a preschool student at Feaster Charter School, home during the quarantine period, according to the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

“At this time, there is no indication that the parent of our preschool student has contracted COVID-19. In fact, the HHSA has indicated there is a low probability that the individual will contract it,” the district wrote in a statement to FOX 5.

“According to HHSA, at no point have any of our students or staff members been subject to exposure to the COVID-19 virus from this parent or student,” the statement continued.

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