Schnucks notified customers Tuesday that an Edwardsville store employee had contracted CVOID-19.
“Yesterday evening, Schnucks learned that a teammate at our Edwardsville, Illinois, store, located at 2222 Troy Road, tested positive for COVID-19. The teammate last worked on July 1 and is now quarantined at home. We are sharing this news with you, our loyal Edwardsville customers, so that you can be aware of the measures we are taking to protect you and our teammates during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company said in an email.
Upon learning of the diagnosis on July 13, the company immediately took steps at the store to sanitize and perform an extensive deep cleaning.
“Our store is open and ready for customers, and we are continuing to follow all guidance from local, state, and federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OSHA, and the St. Louis County Health Department. (According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is currently no evidence to support that the novel coronavirus can be transmitted to humans through food or food packaging materials.)” the statement said.
” We are continuing to reinforce with our teammates information shared by the CDC on COVID-19 prevention and symptoms so that teammates are aware of what to look for, and most importantly, will stay home if they are feeling ill. We have asked all of our teammates to actively monitor their temperature each day prior to coming to work as an additional safety precaution.
“We are requiring that our teammates wear company-provided facemasks while they are working, following the CDCs guidance that face coverings may help to decrease the spread of COVID-19.”
The company has signage posted at its stores in Illinois reminding all customers of the public health order which requires face coverings to be worn while in the store.
It has installed plexiglass barriers at checklanes and service counters to protect customers and employees and has expanded these barriers to ensure that they are even more protective.
“Since March, we have run hourly overhead announcements reminding store teams to clean high touchpoint areas. These announcements are continuing, as are the announcements we are running every 30 minutes to remind teammates and customers of the importance of social distancing,” the statement said.
All of the stores have floor signage encouraging appropriate social distancing, making it easier for everyone to remember to abide by the 6-foot rule, which is about the length of two shopping carts.