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Statement on confirming illnesses
The health and well-being of our customers, associates and communities are our top priority. Like other essential service providers, we have seen our own associates and their families personally impacted by COVID-19. Unfortunately, as public health officials have indicated, we expect to see an increase in cases as the virus spreads in our communities. Because the testing and reporting of cases by health departments varies by state, Publix cannot fully and accurately report cases in real time. We have been and continue to be focused on intensive, ongoing protective measures in all our facilities.
Statement on gloves and masks
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance as it continues to learn more about the coronavirus. We also value our associates' personal comfort and as a result for the duration of this national emergency, we are allowing associates the option to voluntarily wear masks, and for associates who are not normally required to wear them, voluntarily wear gloves. Until our supplies are depleted, we are providing masks for our associates and plastic gloves for customer service and pharmacy associates who handle cash and are in close contact with our customers. At that time, these associates may use their personal supply.