Popular online grocer FreshDirect sent an email today informing consumers that a warehouse worker has tested positive for COVID-19. CEO David McInerney emphasized that the worker has not been present at the facility since the report of malaise. They were also not involved in the preparation or delivery of food from the FreshDirect service.
The news is not surprising as the pandemic spreads across the United States. To date, more than 8,000 people in all states and in DC have tested positive for the novel corona virus, a vital part of everyday life.
Last week the company found on its website that the system had been hit by consumer demand. "Due to the high demand, delivery times fill up faster than usual. Please plan in advance."
In his letter, McInerney explains that FreshDirect had a procedure for such an event. "This event triggered the implementation of our COVID-19 response protocol, as well as a thorough cleaning of the affected area, its equipment and all other appropriate business areas," the managing director writes. "The employee is currently self-isolating and has reported that he is doing well."
This is undoubtedly not the last of these types of stories that we will hear about affected services. Most orders that stay in place remain exceptions for essential services, including groceries, which means that they are likely to continue operating, even if many other companies take a break. Businesses encourage sick employees to stay away from concerns about their health and that of their customers. A lack of access to tests coupled with a lack of a safety net for many in the gig economy can, however, impair the urge to stay away.
The company confirmed the statement in an email to theinformationsuperhighway.