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Hadley Whole Foods worker tests positive for COVID-19

  • People line up waiting to get into Whole Foods in Hadley on Friday.  STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

Staff Writer
Published: 4/10/2020 3:51:22 PM
Modified: 4/10/2020 3:51:06 PM

HADLEY — An employee at the Whole Foods Market in Hadley has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesman for the grocery chain.

In an email, the company announced that a team member at the Mountain Farms Mall location received the diagnosis, but that no additional details would be provided out of respect for that person’s privacy.

“The safety of our team members and customers is our top priority and we are diligently following all guidance from local health and food safety authorities,” the company wrote in the email. “We’ve been working closely with our store team members, and are supporting the diagnosed team member, who is in quarantine.”

Additional cleaning and disinfection are taking place that goes beyond already enhanced sanitation measures, the email states. The store remains open. 

To reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, the company is having all of its stores operate under social distancing guidelines, with crowd control measures as needed, installation of sneeze guards at checkout stations, and temperature checks for anyone working in the stores and facilities.

Enhanced daily cleanliness and disinfection protocols at stores and facilities have been implemented, and stores close up to two hours early to give employees more time to restock shelves, sanitize and rest.  

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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