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Weis Market employee tests positive for virus

LOCK HAVEN — An employee at the Lock Haven Weis Market has tested positive for COVID-19.

“We can confirm a Weis associate, who worked in our Lock Haven store has tested positive for COVID-19. This associate has not worked in our Lock Haven store, or any other Weis store, since May 20,” Weis Markets Inc. Director of Public Relations Dennis Curtin reported.

Curtin issued a statement after several employees at the local grocery store called The Express last week to express concern about the situation at the store, saying they weren’t getting answers to their questions about a positive case at the store.

“We are supportive of our associate and are following guidelines from local and state health departments. We have informed this store’s associates and have no reports of additional illness,” Curtin continued.

He said the store has been diligently cleaning and sanitizing the Lock Haven store when it is open and afterward when it is closed for the past 10 weeks, as is standard procedures for all Weis stores.

“We also did some enhanced cleaning and sanitizing in our Lock Haven store when we learned of our associate’s positive test. These procedures have been reviewed and approved by the PA Health Department. We are committed to maintaining a store that is clean and safe for our customers and associates. Our Lock Haven store remains a safe place to shop,” Curtin said.

He included the following list of protocals of Weis safety program during the pandemic.

— Using non-contact infrared thermometers we take the temperature of associates before starting work. This policy is in effect in all Weis Markets stores along with its distribution center, manufacturing and processing facilities and store support center. Any associate with an elevated temperature will be sent home.

— Require all Weis associates to wear some form of protective face covering while working and asking customers to do the same.

— Sneeze guards at all registers and courtesy desks.

— Limit the number of customers in stores to ensure social distancing.

— Clean and sanitize stores on a continual basis as well as after stores close and before they open.

–Hourly cleaning and sanitizing of high contact areas such as cash registers, self-scan units, credit-debit terminals, fuel pumps, shopping carts and baskets.

— Social distancing markers.

–Hand sanitizer stations and cart wipes.

–Temporarily suspending the sale of loose bakery items, or pre-wrapping them.

–Temporarily closing self-serve salad, olive and soup bars.

–Temporarily closing in-store cafe seating areas.

–Temporarily banning the use of personal reusable bags and the return of used plastic bags.

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