First potential case of coronavirus reported at J. Crew distribution center in Forest


UPDATE MARCH 19, 2020: Despite a statement from J. Crew Wednesday confirming one of its employees at the Lynchburg distribution center had a presumptive positive coronavirus test, officials with the Lynchburg office of the Virginia Health Department said it is not so.

VDH Central Virginia Health District Director Dr. Kerry Gateley said there is not a COVID-19 case in the Lynchburg area. There are still no cases in southwest Virginia.

Gatetely said the J. Crew employee who supposedly tested positive is a result of “mistakes and misunderstandings.”

FOREST, Va. (WFXR) — According to J. Crew’s public affairs office, one of the employees at its Lynchburg distribution center has tested positive for the coronavirus. This, however, has not been confirmed by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

On Mar. 17, an employee was displaying flu-like symptoms. Later, the distribution center found out the employee was tested for the coronavirus and found out that evening the results were positive. Additional tests are being done on the employee to confirm these results. Other distribution center employees are also being tested.

In the meantime, the distribution center will be closed temporarily for a cleaning in accordance with CDC guidelines. Employees will be paid during this temporary closure, and all customer orders will be processed once the facility reopens.


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