Two Shaw employees at Sanford test positive for COVID-19

Two employees at Shaw’s Supermarket in Sanford have tested positive for COVID-19.

One of the employees last September 6, is receiving medical care and is in quarantine at home, according to a statement by Andrew Whelan, senior director of corporate communications for Shaw’s parent company, Albertsons.

The other employee had last worked on August 24 and left the company.

The statement said that other employees may be asked to self-quarantine. If they do, they will be eligible for 14 days of quarantine pay.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Sanford has seen four recent outbreaks of COVID-19. On Thursday, the Sanford City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance requiring people to cover face in all public settings where social disturbances are not possible and in restaurants, bars, tasting rooms and housing operations.

Sha’s Sanford store will remain open. According to the company, employees have been regularly reminded to follow precautions including handwashing, practicing social disturbances, and disinfecting check-outs. All frontline employees have been given reusable masks and are required to wear them. Shopkeepers are also required to wear masks.

In addition to regular cleaning and disinfection, Shaw performs daily health checks of its employees, the company said, and by the time someone reporting flu-like symptoms or who comes in close contact with someone who has tested positive It is not allowed to work until symptoms resolve or the contact is evaluated by the company’s crisis response team.


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