Employee tests positive for coronavirus at Chico's Natural Foods Cooperative

Chico's Natural Foods Cooperative has announced one of its employees has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 8:53 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2020 8:08 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico's Natural Foods Cooperative has announced one of its employees has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The co-op says on July 13 it received news that an employee had tested positive, after having already been in self-quarantine for two weeks.

"Two weeks ago, this worker informed us they had been directly exposed to the virus outside of the Co-op and immediately called out of work to self-quarantine," the store said on Facebook.

Per the Centers for Disease Control requirements, the co-op says they enformed Butte County Public Health and got the store thoroughly disinfected.

Any staff who may have had contact with the employee were also sent home to self-isolate.

"The Health Department feels that the Co-op is acting with thorough due diligence and taking all correct steps to ensure the health and safety of the Co-op," the Facebook post read.

The co-op said even with the smaller footprint of its store, it has been proactive in minimizing worker contact, maintaining 6 feet distances, wearing masks and sanitizing all areas of the Co-op where workers and customers might touch.

"Any appearance of COVID-19 is distressing and worrying, but it also reinforces why we have such robust hygiene policies and practices in place," the co-op said. "Stringent mask policies, generous and proactive wellness benefits, and a dedication to in-store sanitization will help keep everyone safe."

All who were told to self-isolate, and the employee who tested positive, were paid for those two weeks, the co-op shared.

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