Lynchburg J.Crew closes after associate receives presumptive positive COVID-19 test result


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.”

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — WFXR News has learned that the J.Crew Lynchburg Distribution Center has closed, effective immediately as an associate was displaying flu-like symptoms. The company confirmed the employee received a presumptive positive test result for COVID-19. This would be the first presumptive positive in the WFXR viewing area.

WFXR News received a statement which reads:

“Yesterday, Tuesday, March 17th, an associate in the Lynchburg Distribution Center was displaying flu-like symptoms and sent home shortly after arrival.  Subsequently, we learned the individual had undergone a previous test for COVID-19.  The associate was informed late yesterday evening of a positive result and that additional testing was required to confirm the results.  Those testing results are pending with the CDC.   Out of an abundance of caution and despite the associate having minimal interaction within the facility, and as a preventative measure, the Lynchburg Distribution Center has closed temporarily for deep cleaning in accordance with CDC guidelines. Associates will be paid during this time and customer orders will be processed when the facility reopens.”


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