Lowe’s sees two employee coronavirus cases
Employees who worked with the associates have been placed on paid leave.
Lowe’s confirmed that two employees in the Charlotte, N.C. area have tested positive for COVID-19.
The company said an employee at its Perimeter Parkway location and another at its Ballantyne Commons stores have contracted the virus, after last working on March 23 and March 24.
Employees who might have worked with associates have been put on paid leave. Both stores remain open, the company said.
“In both cases, the associates have been quarantined and are receiving care, and we are supporting them as they recover,” Lowe’s said in a statement.
Since the spread of the coronavirus, Lowe’s has taken added measures including additional cleaning and added store signage reminding employees and shoppers to practice social distancing.
Other moves include giving hourly associates a special payment in recognition of their efforts to serve customers and communities during the coronavirus crisis.
The retailer also extended emergency paid leave up to a total of four weeks for those at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Lowe’s previously announced two weeks of emergency paid leave for associates while unveiling its initial $25 million commitment during the coronavirus pandemic, which was quickly raised to more than $100 million.
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