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El Milagro Tortilla Factory Closing For 2 Weeks After Worker Dies Of Coronavirus

While the factory will close for a deep cleaning, the company’s tortilla shops will remain open.

El Milagro closing production site in the wake of workers death from the coronavirus.
Mauricio Peña/ Block Club Chicago
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LITTLE VILLAGE — A popular Chicago tortilla maker is closing its factory for two weeks after a worker died from complications related to coronavirus and others tested positive for the virus.

El Milagro Tortillas has closed its factory at 2919 S. Western Ave. as it undergoes a deep cleaning following the worker’s death, according to a letter sent to workers.

Its Little Village and Pilsen tortilla shops, at 3050 W. 26th St. and 1927 S. Blue Island Ave. respectively, will remain open.

The company notified staff of the worker’s death over the weekend. Two other workers have tested positive and four others have shown symptoms, the company told workers in a letter.

The worker, who died from COVID-19 complications, had not been on site since April 9, according to the letter.

On social media, people were urging folks to stock up on tortillas after rumors of the closure circulated online. Last month, customers swarmed to El Milagro to stock up on tortillas. 

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On Monday, people lined up outside El Milagro’s Little Village tortilla shop. An employee told Block Club the tortilla shop would be closing early each day, reducing hours to 7 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

The company has hired a janitorial business to “sanitize and deep clean the facility,” according to the letter.

During the two week closure, the company will continue paying their workers while they “quarantine for two weeks and reduce the risk” of spreading the virus.

Multiple calls and emails from Block Club were not returned by El Milagro owners and managers Monday.

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