We’ve seen several big-name brands announce that some of their employees have the coronavirus. Processing and production plants for companies like Kraft Heinz Co., Pepperidge Farm, Smithfield Foods, and more, have all had outbreaks.
And there’s been another instance this time at a huge, beloved wholesale market — and it’s called the Costco “COVID Cluster.” Several Costco stores in Silicon Valley in California have seen employees test positive for the coronavirus. Four stores and 31 workers are involved, but local officials don’t believe Costco is to blame. Instead, they think the employees caught it while out in public, and so customers who visited the stores don’t need to get tested or self-quarantine.
“We feel like they are following guidelines. We feel that the public is totally safe in continuing to shop at Costco,” the Santa Clara County COVID-19 testing officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib told the Los Angeles Times. “But we still remind everybody to always wear your mask, and keep your social distance, in any retail stores, including Costco.”
None of the four locations will close since they are following safety guidelines like social distancing. Yet, 13 of the 31 reported cases were traced back to the Costco in Sunnyvale. The other stores, in San Jose, Gilroy, and Mountain View, account for the others.
Another large retailer has seen a similar Costco “COVID Cluster” trend recently but on a much larger scale. Tyson foods recently saw its 10,000th employee test positive for the coronavirus. Thanks to this milestone, the company is now one of the first to implement weekly testing for employees. They are also hiring a chief medical officer. No need to worry, though — the CDC says there is no link between food and the virus, so Tyson products at your local grocery store are safe.
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