EXPOSURE INCIDENTS

A log of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 among co-op staff can be found here. Our goal is to make this information more accessible and easier to follow on an ongoing basis. In the case of exposure to the virus, we are following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities, including Erie County and PA public health departments.

Throughout the pandemic, we have asked any staff exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness or fever to stay home, contact our HR department, and notify their physician. Our co-op has a generous sick and vacation policy, and we are working with employees on a case-by-case basis to ensure they have the support they need.

Precautions we are taking to reduce the spread can be found here: eriefood.coop/coronavirus-updates

If you have questions, please contact our general manager, LeAnna Nieratko, at gm@eriefood.coop.

Date Statement
11/2/2020 Recently, we learned that a staff member in our store tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked on October 23rd and was not in close contact with other staff members or shoppers for the duration of their shift. Contact tracing has been completed and the Erie County Health Department determined that our other staff members are not at risk and it is not necessary for them to self-quarantine. We have asked any staff exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness or fever to stay home, contact our HR department, and notify their physician. The Co-op continues to remain open for business seven days a week from 9:00am-7:00pm.
11/30/2020 A staff member in our store has tested positive for COVID-19. They last worked on November 22nd and were not in close contact with other staff members or shoppers for the duration of their shift. Contact tracing has been completed. We have asked any staff exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness or fever to stay home, contact our HR department, and notify their physician. The Co-op continues to remain open for business seven days a week from 9:00am-7:00pm.
12/07/2020 A staff member is presumed to be positive for COVID-19 due to contact with a confirmed case unrelated to the Co-op. The staff member last worked on December 1st. We have completed our internal investigation and verified that no one was in close contact during their last worked shift.
05/10/2021 Recently, we learned that 3 staff members tested positive for COVID-19. All three individuals contracted the virus at the same site, off premesis from Erie Food Co-op.

We are following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities, including Erie County and PA public health departments. Contact tracing has been completed and the Erie County Health Department determined that no other staff members are at risk and it is not necessary for them to self-quarantine.
9/30/2021 Recently, we learned that 1 staff member tested positive for COVID-19. This individual contracted the virus off premesis from Erie Food Co-op and was not at the store while showing any symptoms.

We are following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities, including Erie County and PA public health departments. Contact tracing has been completed and the Erie County Health Department determined that no other staff members are at risk and it is not necessary for them to self-quarantine.