Brattleboro Food Co-op Staff member tests positive for COVID-19

| Covid-19

This week we learned that a staff member in our Front End tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon learning of the result, we moved quickly to notify our local health department to discuss our plan and also began deep cleaning, additional sanitizing, and contact tracing within the staff. 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.

The staff member in question works only in the Front End at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. They last worked on Thursday December 31 in the Front End.

A Day in the Life of a Brattleboro Food Co-op Employee, Pandemic Style

I work at the Shareholder Services desk at the Co-op. In mid-March I returned one week early from a trip to the Pacific Northwest and California, quarantined for two weeks, and then came back to find a completely transformed workplace. It was shocking: the business had been completely reinvented in less than a month. No customers at 10 am on Tuesday when I arrived, just a sort of warehouse feel with a bunch of very busy colleagues, as though all the grocery aisles were just for storing food for purchase, none of the browsing or chatting, just dry storage, cold storage, freezers full of future shipments.