23 Detroit Whole Foods Market workers test positive for COVID-19
Detroit – More than 20 employees at Whole Foods grocery store in the Midtown neighborhood were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday.
“When the Detroit Health Department team was notified of positive cases at Whole Foods, they responded immediately to correct this outbreak by offering rapid tests to all employees,” said Denise Fair, Detroit health officer, in a statement 196 have tested positive . “
She also said the company had told city officials that none of its Detroit employees or close contacts of employees who tested positive should be allowed to return to work until they test negative. The store is in Mack near Woodward.
“This is a reminder to all grocery stores of the availability of vaccinations and the importance of getting their employees vaccinated to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Fair said.
Whole Foods Market Inc., based in Austin, Texas, has more than 350 retail and non-retail locations in the US, Canada and the UK.
A company official said Thursday in a statement to The Detroit News that the safety of its team members and its customers remains a top priority.
“We counter every confirmed diagnosis in our branches with a comprehensive action plan that includes improved cleaning and contact tracing as well as direct communication with our team members,” the statement said. “We support any team member who is diagnosed positively or quarantined so they can prioritize their health and stay at home.
“We have taken extensive measures to ensure the safety of the people in our stores and we carefully follow all instructions from the local health and food safety authorities.”
Employees at the Midtown location must receive a negative COVID-19 test before they can go back to work, the representative also said.
Earlier on Thursday, state officials reported Michigan had added 1,388 cases and 48 deaths.
The numbers bring Michigan’s total cases to 585,352 and deaths to 15,453 since the virus was first discovered in March, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Last week the state had a total of 5,695 cases and 209 deaths, the lowest weekly total since September 20. The week before, Michigan recorded 6,576 cases and 256 deaths.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that her government would consider easing some COVID-19 restrictions if infection rates drop.