The Starbucks location on 11 Webb Place in Dover is closed temporarily due to coronavirus, a company spokesperson confirmed to Seacoast Current on Thursday.

The spokesperson said one of the store employees — referred to by the company as partners — received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, forcing those in close contact to begin self-isolating at home. In the meantime, Starbucks said it activated its protocols that included closing the location in order to initiate a deep cleaning, according to the spokesperson.

The store is expected to re-open on Monday, the spokesperson told Seacoast Current.

The spokesperson also said its protocols are following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities. More information on the aforementioned protocols can be found here.

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It is unclear how COVID-19 entered the Starbucks location, but it is worth noting that there is a Convenient MD just next door that offers coronavirus testing.

Here is an excerpt from the Starbucks website on the company's response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

Starbucks is taking a number of actions to protect the health and well-being of our customers and partners (employees) and to control the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in accordance with the expert guidance of the CDC and local public health authorities.

Your Starbucks Experience may look different as we navigate this dynamic situation community-by-community and store-by-store. Our commitment to you is that we will continue to make proactive decisions that are grounded in transparency and science – for our partners and the people we serve. We continue to closely monitor guidance from local and national health authorities and will update our procedures as needed to adhere to the most effective health and safety standards.

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