Missoula Food Bank staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 1:45 PM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-03 15:45:38-04

A staff member at the Missoula Food Bank & Community Center (MFB&CC) has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Executive Director Aaron Brock.

“Our front-line team has taken every precaution, but we have known that this was a possibility since we started seeing community spread in Missoula County," Brock said in a press release. "The food bank has a plan that will allow our essential services to continue to operate while those who have been working in the Store quarantine.”

The press release said MFB&CC has had two teams working completely separately from each other since the pandemic began, allowing for some redundancy in case of a positive diagnosis.

The staff member who tested positive was last at the food bank on Thursday, according to the press release, and every member of the team that has been operating the food bank will be tested and quarantined.

Four staff members not under quarantine will remain to offer reduced services during the quarantine period.

The food bank will continue operations with reduced hours and safety precautions in place. The adjusted hours are:

Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. -7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., from Oct. 5 through Oct. 13.

The food bank will be closed on Friday, Oct. 9.

MFB&CC says it is working with the Missoula City-County Health Department to trace and notify close contacts of the staff member.