Two employees at manufacturing facility in Apopka die from COVID-19

Orange County, Fla. — Two workers at a spice manufacturing plant in Apopka have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

El Chilar, which produces spices and herbs as well as Mexican snacks, announced the deaths Wednesday.

“The El Chilar team was deeply saddened when families shared that two employees passed away while the manufacturing facility was closed. We grieve the loss of these valued team members who were colleagues and friends. The company respects the privacy of our employees and their families and will not share health-related information about specific employees,” the statement read.

Orange County Health dept records show 53 infections have been reported in the 32712 zip code where El Chilar is located.

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