23 Employees of the Midtown Detroit Whole Foods Market Grocery Store Test Positive for COVID-19
A COVID-19 outbreak involving at least 23 employees at a Whole Foods Market on Mack Avenue in Midtown Detroit has been confirmed by the company and the Detroit Health Department. The shop has since opened again.
The Mack Avenue store employs 196 people. Sources speaking on condition of anonymity told Daily Detroit Thursday that three-quarters of employees who worked Tuesday night tested positive for the virus via rapid tests. The shop closed within an hour of receiving the test results. All other employees were offered rapid tests by the city’s Ministry of Health. Employees who have tested positive are only allowed to work if they achieve a negative test result.
A Whole Foods spokesman later confirmed the early closure based on the positive test results and confirmed that a number of employees in the Midtown store have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began last March.
“The safety of our team members and customers remains our top priority. That’s why we treat every confirmed diagnosis in our stores with a comprehensive plan of action that includes improved cleaning and contact tracing, as well as direct communication with our team members. ”A. Testimony to Eater. “We support every team member who is diagnosed positively or is quarantined so that 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. “
According to the company’s corporate website, the Mack Avenue location limits interior capacity and prioritizes customers 60 and older, those at high risk, and those with disabilities on Friday mornings. Employees and customers have to wear masks in the store.
Detroit city food service workers, including those who work in grocery stores, can now receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. All eligible Detroit residents and food service workers should call 313-230-0505 to schedule their first and second dose of vaccine. Vaccinations take place in the TCF Center in the city center.
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