Hanover Co-op Food Store in White River Junction closed after breakthrough COVID case

Published: 8/11/2021 4:36:14 PM
Modified: 8/11/2021 4:36:20 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hanover Co-op Food Store here closed early Wednesday after an employee was diagnosed with a “breakthrough” case of COVID-19.

“Last night we learned that a fully vaccinated, front-end employee in our White River Junction store tested positive for COVID-19,” Paul Guidone, manager of the cooperative, said in an email to patrons Wednesday. “The last time the employee was in the store was on Sunday, August 8. The employee received a positive COVID test result on Tuesday, August 10. There were three employees who came into close contact with this employee.”

Following the Co-op’s protocols, officials contacted the Vermont Department of Health and were told that the positive case is “low-risk,” and that the three employees who were in close contact with the employee do not need to quarantine, Guidone said.

“We have no reason to suspect that there are any additional cases at this time, as no other employees at the WRJ store are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19,” he added.

But “out of an abundance of caution,” Co-op officials decided to close and deep-clean the store, which is expected to reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday. The extra day is intended to give employees time to get tested. Employees who were slated to work when the store is closed will be paid for their time, Guidone’s message says.

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