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One Foster’s team member tests positive for COVID-19

One Foster’s team member tests positive for COVID-19
21 May 2020, 03:29 PM
Covid 19

Foster’s has received confirmation from the Health Services Authority that one team member from our Foster’s Airport location has tested positive for COVID-19. On top of the already heightened sanitation process carried out at each of our locations, the store completed a risk assessment of the team member’s work-areas and will perform disinfection-level cleaning once the store closes this evening at 7PM in accordance with suggestions from the Cayman Islands Government and published guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US.

The COVID-19 positive team member is in isolation for the recommended period as laid out by the Health Services Authority. Contact tracing is being carried out and any Foster’s team members who worked closely with the COVID-19 positive team member in the last three days have been guided according to contact tracing guidelines set forth by the Cayman Islands Government. The team member is asymptomatic and was tested as part of the company-wide testing of frontline staff. To date, we’ve had over 720 team members tested for COVID-19. This positive case is our third following the confirmation of two positive team members at our Foster’s Republix location earlier this week.

As part of our general response to COVID-19, we implemented a heightened sanitation program throughout the store which included sanitizing high touch-point surfaces, sanitizing cart handles before and after each use, and sanitizing registers every 20 minutes. We’ve also taken in-store measures like requiring our entire team to wear masks, installing plexiglass protectors at each register, marking suggested social distance on floors, and creating a Security & Sanitation team in each location to enforce sanitation policies and perform assessments throughout the day, to focus on the health and safety of our team, customers and community. Upon receiving the news of the positive case, a third-party janitorial service has been scheduled to come into Foster’s Airport once the store closes to carry out additional sanitation measures using electrostatic sanitation systems throughout the store.

“The health and wellbeing of our team and customers remain our top priority which is why we take such stringent sanitation and safety measures, daily. Unfortunately, dealing with positive cases of COVID-19 is the new normal, globally. We’ve worked with the other supermarkets on island to align our protocols to ensure all are responding to positive cases quickly and effectively with safety as our top priority” says Julian Foster, Marketing Senior Manager.

The office of the Chief Medical Officer has informed Foster’s that customers shopping at our Foster’s Airport location are considered to be at a very low risk of exposure and the products sold at the store do not represent a risk to customers.

In accordance with company policy, the affected employees will be taken care of during the quarantine period and upon their return to work.

Thank you for your support during this dynamic period.