December 1, 2020
Today we learned that a member of the Valley Natural Foods staff tested positive for COVID-19. The person in question was last in the co-op on Tuesday, November 24. This is the first case of COVID-19 our store has faced. Our thoughts are with this member of the community and all who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
We have notified all staff who had close contact with the person who has COVID-19.
Our contact tracing process includes:
Identifying anyone who spent more than 15 minutes in close contact with this individual (MDH and CDC define close contact as within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes), including anyone who may have taken a break with the person. It is unlikely any customer would have had more than 15 minutes of close contact with this person.
Across our co-op, we have asked any staff exhibiting symptoms of illness or fever to stay home, contact our HR department, and notify their physician.
Our co-op prides itself on its cleanliness and food safety standards, and we are taking the steps to best serve you, care for our staff, and be a responsible member of our community. We have continued our rigorous cleaning practices throughout our store. Should you have any questions, you can contact our store at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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