A Brookdale ShopRite associate has reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 Tuesday, owner Neil Greenstein told Baristanet early Tuesday afternoon.
“This information has to get out,” said Greenstein. “I want to be totally transparent, totally transparent, for the sake of our customers and associates,” he said, adding that while the store had shared a statement on its Facebook page, he wanted to inform the public and reach Baristanet readers.
Brookdale ShopRite had taken steps to promote social distancing. In the statement below, Brookdale ShopRite details how it has implemented recommended protocols to reduce the spread of the virus.
Here is the full statement from Brookdale ShopRite:
“The impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community of Bloomfield has been felt by us all. Many of us know a friend, family member or co-worker who has been affected. The same holds true at ShopRite, where a member of our work family – the associates who provide essential services every day – has reported a confirmed case of COVID-19,”
You should know that ShopRite is prepared and has implemented the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended protocols to reduce the spread of the virus, including:
· Making sure the diagnosed associate is no longer in the workplace
· Asking colleagues who may have been in close contact with that person to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days
· Implementing deep cleaning procedures including sanitizing all workspaces used by the associate and common areas.
· Taking extra steps to deep clean and sanitize food contact surfaces and high-touch areas throughout all our stores while promoting social distancing and putting up Plexiglas shields to provide a measure of protection to our associates and customers. To learn more about these measures, please visit http://facts.wakefern.com.
It’s important that you know we remain committed to transparency and we think sharing this information with you is the right thing to do. We also feel it’s important to protect the privacy of our hardworking colleagues; should we learn of additional associates who have been affected, we’ll continue to implement the CDC protocols.
For nearly 75 years, ShopRite has played an important role during times of crisis and, once again, we see our customers – many of whom are also our friends and neighbors – turning to us for the food and supplies they need. While we can’t predict the evolution of this unpredictable challenge that Bloomfield is facing, please know we are doing everything we can to protect the health and safety of our associates and customers while continuing to serve the community we all call home.