By Jane Northrop
The Linda Mar Safeway confirmed to the Pacifica Tribune that a number of the store’s employees have tested positive during the pandemic.
“Like many of our neighbors in the Bay Area, COVID-19 has touched our own Safeway family with confirmed cases at the Linda Mar Safeway store,” Wendy Gutshall, Safeway Director of Public and Government Affairs, said last Friday.
“The most recent day worked by an associate who tested positive was July 2. That store has been through multiple cycles of our enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and/or disinfecting process since that day. In an abundance of caution, we conducted a thorough cleaning, sanitizing and/or disinfecting with guidance from third-party sanitation experts,” she said.
No employee has tested positive since July 2, Safeway said. She emphasized that Safeway conducts contact tracing and making sure the employees follow up with medical care.
“When an associate at one of our stores is confirmed to have COVID-19, we contact the associate to ensure they are seeking appropriate medical care and to initiate a close contacts investigation. Following that investigation, we may recommend that additional members of the team self-quarantine. These employees are eligible to receive up to 14 days quarantine pay,” she said.
The Linda Mar Safeway will remain open with enhanced cleaning, sanitizing and/or disinfecting in every department.
“We have reaffirmed with all associates that they need to wash hands and disinfect check stands every hour and to practice social distancing. We have also reminded them that if they develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or shortness of breath, stay home and call their healthcare provider right away, said Gutshall.
Safeway is an essential business for food and medications under San Mateo County’s shelter-in-place order.
“As we all navigate this public health crisis together, Safeway is doing everything we can to prioritize the health and safety of our associates, customers, and communities, and to ensure our customers have access to the food, medications, and other essential goods they need at this critical time,” said Gutshall.
“We deeply appreciate all that our associates are doing during this critical time and will continue to do all we can to ensure the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors.”
San Mateo County has recorded a total of 5,022 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started, with 117 people dying from the disease. The lion’s share of the deaths have occurred with people 80 years old or older.
Available hospital beds and respirators in the county remain in good supply, with 67 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
The latest reporting shows Pacifica has suffered 100 cases of the coronavirus, Moss Beach 16, Half Moon Bay 87 and Daly City 728. The county does not reveal the number of deaths from the virus by city. The Pacifica Tribune’s unofficial count stands at under deaths in Pacifica.
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