January 21, 2021: Positive COVID Test

The Coop recently learned that a Coop employee tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is currently quarantining at home.

The staff member who tested positive last worked on Sunday, January 17, between 6:00 am. and 12:30 p.m. The staff member has not worked a shift since they were exposed. Anyone identified as having close contact with the employee has been notified and is required to follow the testing and quarantine protocols outlined by the CDC and the NYC Department of Health. All Coop staff have been notified of this positive case.

Upon learning this news, we quickly notified the NYC Department of Health in accordance with the Coop’s COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan. The Coop is cooperating with the Case Investigator of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in their contact tracing effort.

The Coop has policies that emphasize strong safety practices and require staff to use personal protective equipment, including face coverings or masks that cover the mouth, nose, and chin as well as gloves while handling food. The Coop diligently follows cleaning and sanitizing routines and the safety protocols recommended by the public health authorities. We remain vigilant in encouraging all staff, members working shifts, and shopping members to exercise these safety precautions, so we can maintain a safe work environment and shopping experience as together we continue to manage the impact of this global pandemic.

As a reminder, all Coop members are required to properly wear face coverings for the full extent of your shop or when you are working a shift at the Coop. Follow this link to read the Coop’s face covering policy and other safety policies: https://www.foodcoop.com/coronavirus/

As has been advised since the onset of the pandemic, we request that any Coop member who has symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to the Coop to shop or work, and follow the guidelines of their healthcare provider or contact the New York City Department of Health for more information https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/index.page

We want to remind you of the other ways we can keep each other safe:

  • Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth
  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces

We are so fortunate that we have yet to see employee-to-employee transmission of COVID-19. Thank you to our staff and members for taking the right precautions to keep all of us safe and healthy. We are committed to providing a quality place to work and shop for our staff and members. We thank you for your continued support and dedication and look forward to seeing you at the Coop.

Ann Herpel on behalf of the General Coordinators