MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) – A manager at the Kroger in Murfreesboro has died after previously testing positive for COVID-19.

A Kroger spokeswoman confirmed the information on Tuesday afternoon.

"We were deeply sadden by the passing of one of our Kroger family members who worked at one of our stores in Murfreesboro, TN. We are mourning along with the family during this extraordinarily difficult time," Kroger spokeswoman Melissa Eads said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Eads said this associate was from the Northfield Boulevard store in Murfreesboro and was previously diagnosed with COVID-19. She added the employee had not been at work for over a month.

Mental health and grief counselors have been made available to support the staff at Kroger.

"And we are continuing to take steps to support and safeguard our associates and customers," Eads said. 

Eads didn’t immediately comment on any new steps the grocery store was doing for safety, however previous press releases indicate Kroger is using floor decals to stay apart, adding sanitation practices, Plexiglas partitions in checkout lanes, reduced customer capacity, and face masks for employees.
 
Kroger also announced last week it would offer free COVID-19 testing for front line associates based on symptoms and medical need as well as extend Hero bonus pay through May 16th.
 

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