This has been a long year for us here at the Ypsi Food Coop, with sales growing at an incredible rate, and a pandemic of the sort that none of us has seen in our lifetimes. We have felt anger and sadness, fear and frustration with the work before us to keep the coop running and serving great food throughout since February.
We are very proud of how hard our staff have worked throughout, wearing a mask for most of a year now, and coming to work knowing that it would be safer to be at home. They have stayed strong and provided great food to our community through out, and you all have supported us immensely, helping us be better than ever!
Unfortunately, as you may be aware, we have one employee who tested positive for Covid on November 27, and which we learned the results for on November 30. To our knowledge, the employee never exhibited or felt any symptoms while at work. The employee had worked on Monday, November 23, Tuesday November 24 and Wednesday November 25, from 12:30 to 8:30 pm. These are times that others could have become infected if:
You were within 6 feet of the employee and
it was for at least 15 minutes or more in one day.
We immediately contacted the Washtenaw County Health Department and are following the guidelines recommended by the health department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
All employees and volunteers who may have been in close contact with that employee, have been in quarantine, which has led us to a staff shortage making it too hard to keep the store open. We have asked all employees to closely monitor their health and to stay home if they experience any symptoms. This is a good plan for everyone, as Covid is everywhere right now, and not everyone is transparent about the outbreaks occurring.
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of this employee, other staff and our community. Without enough staff we have chosen to close the store to the public until December 10th. We will resume Curbside pickup this Saturday, December 5th, although our bakery will not be baking again until Tuesday, and we will be low on certain produce until more arrives on Monday.
While closed we are taking this opportunity to give the store a thorough cleaning and sanitation by a specialized company, and get the floor waxed. Things that are hard to do when the store is open everyday!
Today as we prepared for the cleaning company coming in tomorrow, we pulled all of our dairy, bread, deli and produce that would be expiring before we reopen. This amounted to $1,000.00 and was taken to the St. John the Baptist Food Pantry
We will share additional updates as soon as we have more information.
Thank you for your support as we do everything possible to keep our community safe, healthy and well-fed during this pandemic.