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Wendy’s employee tests positive for COVID-19, company states

Wendy’s Bahamas stated yesterday it had to quarantine all the employees at one of its locations after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

“Last week, an employee displayed symptoms in the early morning and was sent home immediately before [the] store opening,” it noted in a statement.

“A few days later the Ministry of Health notified us that this employee tested positive for COVID-19. The moment we were informed we notified all employees associated with this location and gave them the mandatory 14-day leave to self-quarantine and monitor their health.

“At the time of notification, these employees were at home due to the government-mandated lockdown. The employee that tested positive remains in quarantine where they are receiving medical care and treatment necessary to recover.”

Wendy’s stated that that particular location was closed over the weekend and “has followed strict procedures to reopen to the public”.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the entire restaurant — interior and exterior — has been cleaned and sanitized with hospital-grade disinfectant by a government-approved third party professional service,” the company noted.

“These additional steps were taken to protect our employees and customers. The restaurant reopened yesterday afternoon after it was thoroughly cleaned and sanitized with an entirely new crew and management team from a different store.”

Over the past three weeks, Wendy’s stated it has taken “extraordinary steps” to deploy mandatory touchless thermal testing on every employee.

It also pointed out that it has mandated the use of gloves and masks for restaurant employees.

“We also have installed touchless sanitizers in the restaurants for customers to use and have adopted social distancing practices upon the early advice of the Ministry of Health,” the company revealed.

“This is to protect the safety and well-being of our employees so we can continue to serve our guests. As always, Wendy’s Bahamas will continue to follow the guidance of the Ministry of Health and any government directives along with related franchise guidelines to ensure and protect the safety and health of our employees and customers.”

So far, there have been 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

The Ministry of Health stated there were 339 people in quarantine.

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