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Aurora Walmart ordered to shut down due to employee COVID-19 cases, deaths

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Posted at 7:01 AM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 09:51:09-04

AURORA, Colo. — A Walmart in Aurora has been ordered to close by the health department Thursday after multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths among employees, according to the Tri-County Health Department.

The Tri-County Health Department said they made the decision to close the store at 14000 East Exposition Avenue after multiple complaints from employees and shoppers about "the lack of social distancing, too many people in the store at one time, and employees not wearing masks or face coverings."

The department said they confirmed the deaths of one employee, one third-party contracted employee, and a third death of the employee's family member.

On top of these cases, there are six other confirmed COVID-19 cases who are all employees of Walmart. According to the health department, there are also three suspected cases of waiting to be confirmed.

The three deaths included: a 72-year-old woman who worked at the store, her 63-year-old husband who did not work at the store, and a 69-year-old man who worked for a security company that the store contracted.

The department said the store and its staff has been cooperative during this time.

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