Two employees at the Bellaire Kroger have tested positive for the coronavirus.
One of the employees is one of nearly 90 people that returned to the area following a widely publicized trip to Myrtle Beach.
Kroger officials released the following statement:
We’ve been informed by two associates at our Bellaire store that they tested positive for COVID-19. We are supporting them and wish them all the best in their recovery. Upon learning of the cases, we followed all sanitation and cleaning procedures as recommended by the CDC, communicated with and supported our store team. We will continue to follow guidance from local, state and federal agencies, including the CDC and other health organizations.In Belmont County, there are a total 19 students that have tested positive after returning from Myrtle, plus one adult and three close contacts.
Several schools also have suspended extracurricular activities in response to the spike in cases –Bellaire, Shadyside, Martins Ferry and St. Clairsville.
There were students from Ohio County on the trip as well, though officials from the county’s health depart said they have seen a spike, but none of those cases have been related to the beach trip.