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Thrift Store closed for two weeks over COVID-19 case


photo/Pickens Community Thrift Store website


       The Community Thrift Store will be closed for two weeks due to the possibility that volunteers were exposed to a person infected with COVID-19. 

A member of the Timothy House, a non-profit that assists with much of the manual labor at the thrift store, tested positive. The person who tested positive has never been to the store, but because residents at the Timothy House live together it was decided it was in the best interest of safety to close, according to a statement from founder Don Russell. 

The store will be closed to donors, customers and workers for an estimated 14 days. 

An email sent to volunteers and media on September 19 alerting of the closure said all Timothy House clients will be tested, and recommended volunteers get tested as well.