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Trader Joe's has disclosed the COVID-19 infection rate among its employees, addressing rising concern over a recent survey that revealed a number of grocery store workers at a Boston market had the disease without showing symptoms.
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Over the eight months through Oct. 31, Trader Joe's has had 1,250 reported cases among 53,000 staff members. That equates to an infection rate of approximately 2.4%, the company said in its Thursday announcement.
'ALARMING RATE' OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTION AMONG GROCERY STORE WORKERS, STUDY FINDS
"While we do not know the specific details of other grocers, we believe it is important to our crew members and customers to share and understand what has happened in our stores," the company wrote after the findings were published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
Grocery workers — who were deemed essential when other businesses were shut down and many Americans were sheltering in place — have been working since the onset of the pandemic to keep food and other critical goods stocked.
Despite numerous safety procedures implemented to mitigate the spread of the virus, however, many are still at a heightened risk of infection.