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Aurora Walmart allowed to reopen after deadly coronavirus outbreak

The Tri-County Health Department said that the Aurora store was cleaned and disinfected over the weekend and has good social distancing measures

Health officials on Sunday approved the reopening of a Walmart in suburban Denver where a coronavirus outbreak was linked to the deaths of three people.

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The Tri-County Health Department said that the Aurora store was cleaned and disinfected over the weekend and has good social distancing measures, an enhanced system of keeping track of the number of customers in the store, one-way aisles and a strong worker illness screening and reporting process.

The department closed the store Thursday following complaints from employees and shoppers about a lack of social distancing. It said that a 69-year-old man who worked for a private security company at the store had died along with a 72-year-old store employee and her 63-year-old husband, who did not work at the site.

There are 11 other coronavirus cases linked to the outbreak at the store, the department said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

Arapahoe County, where the Walmart is located, is under a stay-at-home order until at least May 8.