So many people I speak with about the COVID-19 pandemic seem to come up with the same information about shopping at grocery stores, that it's one of the worst places you can go to.

I'm not sure if this is true or not but I can tell you that a COVID-19 outbreak has hit the Whole Foods Market on Mack Avenue in Midtown Detroit.  23 of its 196 employees recently tested positive for the virus.

Whole Foods Market confirmed in an email to the Detroit Free Press that individuals at the Midtown store have been diagnosed since the pandemic began.  Whole Foods Market said they address it with deep cleaning and enhanced sanitation.

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Upon being informed of positive cases at Whole Foods, the Detroit Health Department team acted immediately to address this outbreak by offering rapid testing to all employees.

At the Detroit location, Whole Foods Market said they are requiring workers receive a negative COVID-19 test before returning to work.  Whole Foods is also partnering with the City of Detroit to make vaccines available to workers at no cost.  (Detroit Free Press)

This whole thing is difficult no matter how you look at it.  We know that most people are trying very hard to wear masks and to focus on social distancing as much as possible.

I know that some of my friends actually order their groceries online so they can avoid direct contact from anyone inside any grocery store.  These are such difficult times we live in and all we can do is get the vaccine a.s.a.p. and just do what's best for everyone.

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