Dear Viroqua Food Co+op Community,
Yesterday we learned that a Viroqua Food Co+op staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The staff member in question last worked on August 27. Upon learning of the result, we moved quickly to notify our local health department to discuss our plan, notify the staff and implement a deep clean. We are following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and city, county, and state public health departments.
When a person tests positive for COVID-19 in our community they are contacted and interviewed by the Vernon County Health Department (VCHD) who works to identify if that person has been in close contact with anyone. Individuals who were in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine. VCHD or HR will contact any individuals who they determine may have had close contact with the individual who tested positive.
Across our Co-op, we ask staff exhibiting any symptoms of respiratory illness or fever to stay home, contact our HR department, and notify their physician. VFC has a paid time off policy, and we work with employees on a case-by-case basis to ensure they have the support they need.
After rigorous cleaning and following CDC and VCHD recommendations, the store continues to remain open for business seven days a week from 8am-8pm. Our Co-op prides itself on its cleanliness and food safety standards, and we are taking multiple steps to best serve you, care for our staff, and be a responsible member of our community. We have implemented rigorous cleaning practices throughout our store, including more frequent cleanings of high-touch areas across our entire Co-op.
To learn more about the steps we are taking, please look through the Viroqua Food Co+op Blog (https://www.viroquafood.coop/viroqua-food-coop-blog). Please direct any questions related to specific risk factors to the Vernon County Health Department at (608) 637-5251.
Please everyone, take care, and thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.
The Viroqua Food Co+op Team