MORRISTOWN, NJ - An store employee has tested positive for COVID-19, announced the ShopRite of Greater Morristown on Facebook.
In the announcement to the public, the store said,"you should know that ShopRite is prepared, and we have implemented the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended protocol to reduce the spread of the virus".
The store stated that the employee is no longer in the workplace. Colleagues who may have been in close contact have been notified and those employees were directed to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The ShopRite store in Newark also confirmed a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. Both stores will remain open and continue to follow all necessary guidelines as recommended by the CDC.
"We are proud of the amazing dedication our associates are demonstrating, and we thank them for their service to our customers", said the company. "Please join us in wishing our associate well and a speedy recovery".
Some Facebook users were asking which department the associate worked in and voiced concerns about fellow employees and customers.
The store cited privacy laws and stated they could not release the name of the associate, which department they work in or any other personal information.
"We can tell you that we remain in contact with our associate to offer our support through their recovery process", wrote the company. "Any associate who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 cannot return to work until they have been cleared by their healthcare provider to do so. Our ShopRite store is undergoing daily deep cleaning procedures that follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended protocols as well as our own Enhanced Environmental Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines.
"In addition, the store’s food contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly and the store follows a routine of frequent, thorough cleaning of public areas, restrooms, and high-touch places such as conveyor belts and credit card keypads", they said. "All ShopRite associates are also trained to follow industry recommended hygiene protocols that includes regular hand washing. Thank you all for your understanding and continued support during this difficult time".
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