Seward Co-op closes store after employee tests positive for coronavirus

Seward Co-op on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.

The Seward Community Co-op is closing its location on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis after an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a message to customers, the store says they learned of the positive test on Sunday and immediately closed the store.

They are bringing in a company to clean the store over the next 24 hours. They say they will only re-open when it is deemed safe. It will not open before Tuesday, March 17 and, when it does re-open, officials say it will be staffed by employees who weren't in close contact with the sick worker.

At the same time, the co-op is working to notify employees who have been in close contact with the individual. They will be put in self-quarantine. General Manager Sean Doyle says the co-op will support employees if they have to miss time.

In a statement to FOX 9, Seward Community Co-op says the employee in question only worked at the Franklin Avenue location and last worked on March 10. Officials add the employee works in a small department and is not a cashier.

The co-op's other location on E. 38th Street will also open late on Monday so they can fully stock the location.

"These are difficult times," said Doyle. "We all need food. I think we all should thank and acknowledge co-op staff who are doing an incredible job providing this public service with grace. We want you to have access to food and wellness products that you need to nourish your family in this time of crisis."