SPRINGFIELD, NJ — Earlier this afternoon, officers from the Springfield Police Department directed shoppers out of the Shop-Rite on Morris Turnpike, due to an abundance of caution from a person reported to have flu-like symptoms in the store.
According to a person who was at the scene, officers requested that shoppers exiting the store give them their name and contact information, so that should they need to reach out, they could do so in a timely fashion.
Springfield police Captain and Public Information Officer Jonathan Rachel spoke with TAPinto Springfield about the incident and said that while he could only speak on some of the details, the matter was under investigation by police.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the board of health recommended the Shop-Rite be temporarily closed for business due to an individual who experienced flu-like symptoms and was transported to the hospital,” Rachel said. “There are no confirmed tested positive cases of COVID-19 at this time associated with the Shop-Rite, but further investigation is being conducted.”
Rachel again stressed that shoppers should not panic, and should adhere to measure of cleanliness, and other guidelines suggested by government officials to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“Since there’s no confirmed testing at this point associated with it, they just need to stay home, try to prevent as much social contact as they can, wash their hands as much as possible and just take all the basic precautions to keep themselves safe and healthy,” Rachel said.
As of press time, the Shop-Rite on Morris Turnpike had reopened, and shoppers were back inside the store.