GARWOOD, NJ — An associate working at ShopRite of Garwood has tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19, the supermarket announced.
The supermarket said in a Facebook post Wednesday evening that the associate is not working at the store at the moment, ShopRite has notified colleagues who were in close contact with the person and those people have been required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
“In addition to following CDC protocols, we have implemented our own enhanced sanitation process including all workspaces used by the associate and common areas,” the post said.
CDC protocols call for disinfecting all areas used by the infected person. The guidance calls for closing areas thought to be used by the person for up to 24 hours before beginning that cleaning if possible. They are among a series of extensive protocols.
The announcement from ShopRite did not specify in what department the associate worked or when the business became aware the employee was infected.
The supermarket said in an earlier post that it installed plexiglass shields at registers and guest service counters at its stores to provide protection in places where social distancing rules cannot be followed.
As of Wednesday, Mayor Sara Todisco said that that two borough residents, a 65-year-old and a 62-year-old, had tested positive for COVID-19.
On Wednesday, Todisco took to social media to remind the public of social distancing measures in light of the reported case at ShopRite.
“Be cautious and social distance at all times,” Todisco said on Facebook. “COVID-19 cases are ever increasing so we cannot be surprised by this news. If anything, it’s a call for us to double down on the precautions we all need to take day in and day out.”
Earlier this week Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle urged the public not to crowd grocery stores.
“In terms of grocery shopping, please limit your trips to as few as possible to mitigate crowding,” she said in a statement Tuesday. “A daily trip to the store is not essential, and violates the governor’s stay-at-home order.”
The count of people confirmed with COVID-19 had risen 262 in Union County and 4,402 across New Jersey, state figures showed on Wednesday. The death toll in New Jersey stood at 62 people, including one man from Westfield, who officials said had underlying conditions.
Health officials have said that that most people who contract COVID-19 survive and experience mild to moderate symptoms, but that the elderly and immunocompromised are more susceptible to its impacts.
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