Employee at Helena WinCo tests positive for COVID-19

Helena WinCo.jpeg
Posted at 10:18 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 12:18:57-04

HELENA — A letter from WinCo Foods management to vendors says an employee at its Helena store has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the letter, the store was informed that the individual had tested positive on April 13, and that the company was following the Centers for Disease Control's guidance in notifying those who may have been exposed.

The letter states that the employee had last been at work on April 7 before "being taken off of work for symptoms."

WinCo confirmed the employee tested positive in a statement to MTN News and said other store workers had been notified as well.

Noah Fleisher, Dir. Spokesperson for WinCo Foods said in the email, "To repeat: the employee owner in question has been off work and in self-quarantine for the last 8 days and has not been in the store. The area where the individual worked has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, multiple times since the employee went home. WinCo Foods continues to be very clear with employee owners and customers during this nationwide health crisis that they should stay home and not come to work or the store if they are not feeling well. We have no reason to believe there is any threat or risk of exposure from this to our customers. "

Aside from alerting vendors and workers, WinCo says it is taking "enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures" at its Helena store.

WinCo said that the safety of customers and employees is their highest priority.In the statement to MTN News, Fleisher writes WinCo has taken measures at stores to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Measures include:

  • Metered entry based on store size to control crowds
  • Social distancing
  • Cloth mask-wearing
  • Check stand shielding
  • Increased cleaning of high traffic and high touch areas

In the letter to vendors it says no other employees at the Helena have tested positive for the virus and it hoped for a full recovery of its employee and all others impacted by COVID-19.