Quincy food store closed due to COVID-19 case; health officials want to know if you were there between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11
A Quincy store is closed and officials are now asking anyone who was in the Fruit Basket Marketplace to contact them so they can determine whether a single COVID-19 case has spread to others.
Anyone who was in the store on Granite Street between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11 are asked to contact the city’s Health Department, according to a posting on the city’s Facebook account.
“The Quincy Health Department is asking for the public’s assistance in contact tracing related to an identified COVID-19 case occurring at the Fruit Basket Marketplace on Granite Street over the last week,” the city said in the posting.
The city said the store is currently closed.
“Anyone who was in the store between October 2 and October 11 is asked to contact the health department at 617-376-1273,” the city said. “The store is working with the Health Department on the issue, and will remain closed until further notice.”
No further information is currently available.
The city is starting in-school instruction for students in grades 4 through 12 for the first time Wednesday, shifting away from an all-remote an approach used at the start of the school year. The system will be using a hybrid model, Mayor Thomas Koch noted Friday in an update on the city’s COVID-19 procedures.
Koch said the city has not lost a resident to COVID-19 in two months and that the community appears to be handling the pandemic wisely after a painful learning period in the spring.
“As we know, we have all gotten smarter dealing with this virus. We didn’t know really what we were confronting back in March,” he said. “Unfortunately, a lot of people lost their lives because they had an underlying health conditions or were in nursing homes, all kind of bunched together. We know now how we have to deal with things going forward.”
As of last Friday, the state listed Quincy at moderate risk status for COVId-19 spread.
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