Covid-19: Supermarket worker arrested after ‘faking test results’

A supermarket worker was arrested and charged with forgery over claims she faked a sick note saying she had been diagnosed with coronavirus to try and avoid work.

H-E-B employee Kimberly Danner gave the note to bosses at the store in Odessa, Texas, earlier this month, with management taking it so seriously they announced the fake result publicly, panicking workers at the store and customers who visited regularly.

Danner’s alleged lies were later exposed, and she was arrested on Tuesday evening. She now faces a misdemeanor charge, and has been fired from her job.

A H-E-B spokesman told CBS7: ‘H-E-B confirms the positive coronavirus case announced on April 7 at our Westside Odessa store was not true. We take matters of falsifying documents seriously, and we do not tolerate this activity. The case is in the hands of local authorities. The safety of our Partners and customers remains our top priority.’

Supermarket employees are among essential workers feared to be most at risk from coronavirus infection, because of the number of colleagues and customers they come into contact with on a daily basis. Texas has seen just over 21,000 coronavirus diagnoses, with 543 people there dying while suffering from Covid-19.

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