HOWELL-An employee at the Route 9 ShopRite in Howell Township has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to a statement today by the company.
“The impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the community of Howell 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 of Howell, where a member of our work family – the associates who provide essential services every day – has reported being diagnosed with a case of COVID-19. As soon as the individual alerted us, all store associates were notified,” the company said. “We also immediately implemented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended protocol to reduce the spread of the virus and implemented our own enhanced deep cleaning process including sanitizing all workspaces used by the associate and common areas.”
- One employee reported infected by COVID-19 at the Howell ShopRite on Route 9.
- Second ShopRite store to announce an infected employee. Here’s the other.
- ShopRite announced installation of Plexiglas shields at every register, the pharmacy, and customer service counter.
The company issued the following information in response to the notice of the infected employee.
- The well-being of our customers and associates is our number one priority.
- To protect our patrons and dedicated associates, we have proactively undertaken a series of enhancements to create the safest shopping environment possible.
- These measures include:
- The installation of Plexiglas shields at every register, the pharmacy, and customer service counter.
- The designation of special registers for our elderly and immuno-compromised customers.
- Providing masks and gloves to all our associates.
- The posting of social distancing reminders throughout the store.
- Utilizing the overhead messaging system to continually remind patrons to keep a safe distance from each other.
CDC guidelines being followed
The store remains open and continues to follow all necessary guidelines as recommended by the CDC.
Grocery stores are an essential business and we’re proud of the amazing dedication our associates are demonstrating to our communities during this emergency. We’re grateful for their commitment to keeping our stores open and shelves stocked with essential products. While we are always pleased to have customers’ patronage, we’re especially thankful for their continued patience and support during this crisis.
What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
The containment of the Coronavirus is a shared responsibility and we remind everyone:
· If you are sick, please refrain from coming to the store
· Cover your coughs and sneezes
· Wash your hands regularly and do not touch your face
· Practice social distancing, wherever possible