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Two Illinois Walmart employees die days apart from COVID-19

Courtesy: NBC News Channel
Courtesy: NBC News Channel
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Two employees at a Walmart in Evergreen park, Illinois died just days apart from the coronavirus. Walmart said in a statement it was heartbroken and mourning with the victim's families.

Family members identified one of the victims as 48-year-old Phillip Thomas. A second employee was identified as 51-year-old Wando Evans.

Both men had worked at the Walmart for several years. Walmart says both employees hadn't been at the store in more than a week.

The company says it took actions to reinforce cleaning and sanitizing measures. A spokesman says additional steps will be taken as needed.

"I felt like they was just putting my brother as a number and he's not a number he has a name... his name is Phillip Thomas. And he was a good guy," said Angela McMiller, Phillip Thomas' Sister. "I'm hoping that of course that no one else dies and no one else is sick."

"I'm devastated because I know I won't get a chance to say goodbye to him," said Daryl Bell, Friend of Wando Evans.

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An attorney for Wando Evans' family accused Walmart of not following protocol and did not let other workers know he was sick.

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