HOLLISTER, Calif. (KION) Safeway has confirmed that one of its employees at its store on Tres Pinos Road has tested positive for COVID-19.
Wendy Gutshall said the employee has received medical care and has not worked at the store since May 25.
When an employee tests positive, Gutshall said Safeway makes sure they get appropriate care and investigates close contacts. At that point, Safeway may ask more employees to self-quarantine. While in self-quarantine, they are eligible to get 14 days of quarantine pay.
Gutshall did not say if or how many more employees may have been asked to self-quarantine.
Depending on when the employee was last at work, the store activates cleaning and disinfection protocols in addition to their enhanced cleaning in all departments and high-touch areas.
Gutshall said the store will stay open and continue to follow cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
Read the full statement here:
"The health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors is a top priority. We have learned that an associate at our Safeway store on Tres Pinos Rd in Hollister has a confirmed case of COVID-19. First and foremost, our thoughts are with the associate who tested positive and we hope for a full recovery. That associate received medical care and has not worked at our Hollister store since May 25th.Wendy Gutshall- Safeway
"When an associate at one of our facilities is confirmed to have COVID-19, we contact the associate to ensure they are seeking appropriate medical care and to initiate a close contacts investigation. Following that investigation, we may recommend that additional members of the team self-quarantine. These employees will be eligible to receive up to 14 days quarantine pay. Based on when the infected person became symptomatic and when they were last at work, we activate thorough cleaning and disinfection protocols throughout the store. That is in addition to enhanced measures in place to clean and disinfect all departments, restrooms, and other high-touch points of the store during the day.
"The store will remain open and we will continue to follow an enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and/or disinfecting process in every department. We have reaffirmed with all associates that they need to wash hands, disinfect check stands, and practice social distancing. We have also reminded them that if they develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, stay home and call their healthcare provider right away."