Trader Joe’s revealed the prevalence of COVID-19 among his employees, addressing rising concerns in a recent survey that found some grocery store employees at a market in Boston were ill. without symptoms.
Over the eight months through October 31, Trader Joe’s had 1,250 reported cases out of 53,000 employees. That equates to an infection rate of about 2.4%, the company said in a statement Thursday.
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“While we don’t know the specifics of other grocery stores, we believe it is important for our crew members and customers to share and understand what happened. in our store, “the company wrote after its discovery was published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
Grocery workers – who were deemed essential when other businesses shut down and many Americans were taking shelter on the spot – have been working since the outbreak of the pandemic to stockpile food and merchandise. other importance.
Although there are many safe procedures in place to minimize the spread of the virus, many people are still at high risk of infection.
However, about 83% of Trader Joe’s 514 stores nationwide had less than 4 reported cases. Some have reported nothing.
The company believes these metrics are “well below the average rate of positive cases in each of the communities where we shop.”
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Overall, there were two employee deaths with “COVID-19 suspected to be a contributing factor,” Trader Joe’s said.
The chain’s revelation comes just days after researchers from Harvard University found that 20% of 104 grocery employees tested positive at a Massachusetts store and most even Lice have no symptoms. The study’s authors note that in-store infection rates are “significantly higher than in surrounding communities.”
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Additionally, people who directly interact with customers are 5 times more likely to produce positive results than their peers.
The results are revealed amid widespread fears that another wave of infections will occur as winter invades.
To help reduce consumer concerns about winter infections, Trader Joe’s says it continues to develop “effective processes that meet or exceed CDC guidelines.”
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