Minnesota experienced a late-autumn surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. COVID-19 guidelines like social distancing and wearing masks have become a part of everyday life. Seward Co-op and our staff have been impacted by this pandemic. As tests have become more widely available, the number of co-op staff seeking tests has increased. A running total on our website tracks positive, negative and pending test results among Seward Co-op staff. Please bookmark this webpage for real-time updates. We aim to make this information accessible and easy to follow on an ongoing basis.
When we learn that an employee has had a positive diagnosis, we alert the co-workers that the individual may have worked with and recommend they follow the guidance of a medical professional. We also share this information via social media at least once a week, in addition to our regular emails. It is rare that a customer is in close contact with other shoppers or an employee. The CDC guidelines outline close contact as a distance of six feet or less, for a duration of 15 minutes or more, cumulatively, within 24 hours.
The co-op is committed to the safety of our staff and community members. Minnesota’s Emergency Executive Order 20-99 allows retail stores to operate at 100% capacity. While most grocery stores are operating at full capacity, Seward Co-op continues to limit the number of individuals in our stores to allow for adequate social distancing. We all must continue to protect ourselves and be diligent to stop the spread of the virus. Simple steps that we can all take include maintaining distance of six feet or more, wearing a clean mask that completely covers our mouth and nose and staying home when we are not feeling well. Please take care and keep well. Help others, if you can.