Please be advised that as of May 5 , 2020, we have been notified that one employee of Linden Hills Co-op tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID 19). We immediately contacted the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and are following all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As a response to protect the health and safety of our workforce and our customers, we are notifying our community members.
The employee has had minimal, if no contact, with customers and is recovering at home on paid leave of absence and will not return to work until the appropriate amount of time has lapsed per MDH guidelines. We have notified and requested other employees who were in close proximity (defined as under 6 feet) with the affected person for prolonged periods (defined as 5 minutes or more) to self-quarantine for 14 days with paid leave of absence and seek a COVID-19 test. Those test results will be sent to Human Resources and evaluated before staff return to work. All staff onsite were notified of the positive test result. Any concerned employees and anyone at high risk have been able to leave for the day and/or self-quarantine for up to 14 days.
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the employee, other staff, and our community. The Minnesota Department of H ealth assures us this positive test result does not make any of the Twin Cities Co op Partners locations a higher risk environment than other public spaces. As such, the co op
locations will remain open from 8:00am to 9:00pm daily.
A thorough third-party sanitization has been completed after hours. This includes sanitization of all backroom areas, downstairs workspaces, and the front-end workspace. All service areas in the retail locations undergo a CDC-approved sanitization process. In our food production areas, we clean and sanitize all food contact surfaces, dishware, utensils, food preparation and beverage services after use with a sanitizer as required by the Health Department. Increased safety sanitization measures for consumer-facing areas have been underway since mid-March when general concerns were first identified associated with the Minnesota Stay-At-Home order that includes an EPA registered and CDC recommended peroxide-based cleaner to the sanitization process.
Starting May 7, 2020, along with the many safety measures already enacted, all TCCP employees are required to wear a mask during shifts. Disposable masks will be made available as well as a $10 reimbursement fee for reusable masks. Proper handling and care instructions will be made available as well.
Any other questions related to specific risk factors should be directed to the Minnesota Department of Health COVID 19 Hotline at 651 201 3920.
Thank you for your support during this public health crisis. We are committed to remain a trusted, reliable resource to our community.