Walmart steps up coronavirus cleaning after two workers die

It's unknown whether the employees contracted the virus at work

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Retail giant Walmart assured customers that its Evergreen Park store in Illinois was safe to visit after the coronavirus deaths of two employees, 51-year-old Wando Evans and 48-year-old Phillip Thomas.

"We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of two associates at our Evergreen Park store, and we are mourning along with their families," Walmart said.

A security guard directs customers to enter the Walmart Supercenter Sunday in Miami. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

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The store where Evans and Thomas worked had recently passed a health department inspection, Walmart said. It's unknown whether they contracted the virus at work, and Walmart hired a third-party company to sanitize the location.

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"While neither associate had been at the store in more than a week, we took action to reinforce our cleaning and sanitizing measures, which include a thorough cleaning of key areas of the store with a 3rd party," the retailer said.

Walmart announced Friday that it will limit the number of customers who can be inside the store at one time to roughly 20% of the store's capacity. Customers will be admitted one-by-one from a line formed at single-entry door. Additionally, Walmart is implementing a one-way movement policy in its aisles, which will be marked.

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