J.T.M., Kroger employees tests positive for coronavirus
A non-production employee at J.T.M. Food Group has tested positive for coronavirus, according to an April 2 press release from the company.
“Our employees are family to us, and we pray for a swift and full recovery,” said Tony Maas, president and CEO of J.T.M. “Family, faith and safety are at the center of everything we do at J.T.M. Our valued customers are relying on an uninterrupted supply of our products, and everything we’re doing is designed to protect the health of our employees and the safety of the food we produce.”
When the company learned of the employee’s symptoms, it notified other employees and thoroughly cleaned the affected work area, according to the release.
The company has allowed employees who can work from home to do so, offered all 550 employees additional paid sick leave, isolated its two production facilities from each other, and limited movement between them, according to the release.
The company also is taking the temperatures of all employees when they get to work, and have redoubled cleaning and disinfection of all common spaces of the plants.
An associate at the Harrison Kroger also has tested positive for COVID-19.
When the company learned that three employees at three separate stores had tested positive, it followed all cleaning and sanitation procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Erin Rolfes with the Kroger Cincinnati/Dayton Division.
“We continue to follow guidance from local, state and federal agencies, including the CDC and other health organizations,” said Rolfes.