Employee of Wheatsville Food Co-op on South Lamar tests positive for COVID-19

A staff member of the Wheatsville Food Co-op on South Lamar Boulevard has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The staff member has a non-customer-facing role and last worked on March 18.

Wheatsville Food Co-op said in a press release that the employee called in sick to their shift on March 18, noting symptoms of COVID-19. On March 24, the staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Following guidance from public health authorities, Wheatsville identified all other team members who had close contact with the affected person and they are currently in self-quarantine until free of symptoms for 14 days, according to the press release.

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"Our co-op has a competitive paid time off, and we're supporting these employees as they self-quarantine, as well as working with all team members on a case-by-case basis to ensure they have the support they need," said 
Wheatsville Food Co-op.

The press release also notes that Wheatsville Food Co-op has implemented rigorous cleaning practices throughout its stores, including hourly cleanings of high-impact/high-touch areas.


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