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Parkersburg Walmart closing for deep cleaning

PARKERSBURG — Walmart is temporarily closing its supercenter at 2900 Pike St. in south Parkersburg through Wednesday morning for the building to be cleaned and sanitized.

The closing, which began Monday afternoon and will conclude at 7 a.m. Wednesday, the closing was not due to any outbreaks of COVID-19 at the store, according to both Rebecca Thomason, Walmart senior manager of corporate communications, and Carrie Brainard, with the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department.

“In the event we do have a confirmed case at any of our stores, we are working with those associates and offering guidance and time needed to receive medical care. Associates have been encouraged to prioritize their health and stay home if feeling sick,” Thomason said in an emailed statement. “We also implemented a COVID-19 emergency leave policy for all associates who feel unable or uncomfortable coming to work.

The Walmarts in Vienna, Ripley and Marietta will still be open at regular hours, according to Thomason.

The store is scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday to provide associates time to restock shelves.

The move is part of a company initiative to allow a third party to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building.

“Everything we’re doing is for the well-being of our associates and customers, and in consideration of guidance by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and health experts,” Thomason said the statement. “When the store reopens Wednesday, we will continue conducting associate health screens and temperature checks, and all associates will be provided with facemasks and gloves.”

Tyler Bennett can be reached at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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