SALEM, Mass. (CBS) – A market partner from the Salem store died after being diagnosed with coronavirus, the company confirmed on Tuesday. The woman also worked at Walmart in Lynn, her husband said.
The news came just hours after workers gathered for better protection.
A Market Basket spokeswoman said the woman, identified by her husband as Vitalina Williams, last worked in the Massachusetts grocery store on March 26. Her husband, David Williams, said that Vitalina began to feel ill two weeks ago, and after a few days, he took her to the emergency room.
“My last memory of her, watching her sit there in her coat, her little hat and leave her at the emergency room. I couldn̵
Two other employees from the Salem Market Basket store tested positive for coronavirus and quarantined themselves. Market Basket has made counseling services available to colleagues and family members.
“Vitalina Williams was a part-time marketing company in Market Basket who served in our Salem store for eleven years. Our hearts go out to her husband Dave, who is also a member of our Market Basket family, says spokeswoman Justine Griffin.
Market Basket reported the woman’s death to public health officials. The store hired a specialized cleaning staff to disinfect the store as a precaution and add plexiglass to all cash registers. The store was open on Tuesday and the beautiful number of customers allowed while they were kept outside 6 meters from each other.
“I think they’re doing a great job here, but what a tragedy to hear,” said shopper Tim Flynn.
“It’s a big place, you know. No matter what, there will always be someone who probably comes in with it and you don’t know who has it,” said shopper Amanda Lobo.
“We lost a good one,” David Williams said of his wife. “That’s all I got to say. We lost a good one.”