Employee at Shearer's Foods tests Positive for COVID-19 Coronavirus

A worker at Shearer’s Foods in Burlington has tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus.

In a Tuesday night media release, Shearer's Foods said that the safety of their products, employees and community remains their top priority.

“We have taken all necessary steps to identify and notify individuals who worked closely with the team member diagnosed with COVID-19 and have asked them to self-quarantine at home for a period of 14 days. The team member did not come in contact with product and there is no food safety risk. People who we have been asked by the company to stay at home in quarantine, under an abundance of caution, will continue to receive pay and benefits during their quarantine period.”

The company said it is continuing to take temperatures of staff before they enter the building for work. They added that the company also is continuing to practice social distancing, enhanced sanitation, and have provided all staff of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks.

“Shearer’s has benchmarked our coronavirus protocols against best practice and we are doing more than most of the world’s largest companies to protect our team members,” the company said in the media release. “As a result, the facility remains open and we have conducted a deep cleaning of the contacted areas and equipment based on CDC guidelines and using EPA-approved registered products for COVID-19.”

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