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Bashas’ employee tests positive in Piñon

Navajo Times/Cindy Yurth
A shopper stands near a blue “X” at the Bashas’ store in Window Rock Wednesday morning, a mark that denotes proper social distancing from the next person in line. A Bashas’ employee in Pinon, Arizona tested positive for the novel coronavirus Wednesday.

WINDOW ROCK

The Bashas’ supermarket in Piñon, Arizona, will close at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the store’s interim manager confirmed.

Cathy Begay, who identified herself as the “P.I.C.” (person in charge), said the employee last worked on Monday. All the employees who had contact with the person will be tested and the store will be deep cleaned by a professional cleaning company Wednesday night, she said. It will reopen Thursday.

Begay said it’s unlikely the employee infected anyone because the store has been taking extra precautions for weeks, including wiping down all the registers between uses and disinfecting surfaces multiple times per day.

She added some higher-ups in the company will be visiting the store Thursday and making sure all protocols are followed, and the store will be transferring in employees to replace those who are awaiting test results.



About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.

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