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Virus prompts brief ABQ Walmart closure

The Walmart at Coors and Rio Bravo closed for about 19 hours between Thursday and Friday after several employees tested positive for COVID-19. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Walmart in Southwest Albuquerque has reopened about 18 hours closing down when four of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The store at 3500 Coors SW was closed for deep-cleaning Thursday after the New Mexico Environment Department conducted three rapid responses involving four COVID-19 cases, according to information from the state and a Walmart spokesman.

The store reopened midday Friday, according to Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson.

Maia Rodriguez, spokeswoman for Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department, wrote in an email Friday afternoon that the city consulted with store management, which ultimately decided itself to close the store fore cleaning.

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