A long-time employee at a Denver King Soopers has died from the coronavirus, The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) Local 7 confirmed on Sunday.

President of UFCW Local 7 Kim Cordova issued the following statement, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother Randy Narvaez, a beloved member of Local 7 and the Denver community. Mr. Narvaez was an essential grocery worker at the King Sooper, owned by Kroger, and located at 1155 E 9th Ave in Denver in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, where he worked for over 30 years.”

Randy Narvaez, is the second King Soopers employee to die from COVID-19, which has infected 11 other employees at the same store, located at 1155 E. 9th Avenue. Ths store has the highest number of cases reported for King Soopers in the Denver metro area.

Denver residents have been required to wear masks since May 6. Essential workers, including grocery store employees, have also been required by the state to wear face coverings since about mid-April.

Cordova also called on Kroger to shut down “King Soopers #29” for deep cleaning of the entire store and testing of every employee before reopening.

A report from TheDenverChannel.com says King Soopers announced Monday that they are taking several steps to prevent the spread of the virus including providing employees with gloves and face coverings, installing plexiglass shields at checkout stands, limiting store capacity, and hand-washing and cleaning of high-touch areas every 30 minutes.

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