CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The management of Costco Wholesale in Central Point notified staff after a worker tested positive for COVID-19, the store confirmed to NewsWatch 12 on Monday.
According to the information that Costco circulated to employees, the store management was informed that an employee in the store's Front End department had tested positive. That employee's last day at work was Monday, March 23.
Costco said that it had contacted Jackson County Public Health and was cooperating with any directions they had, was adding additional cleaning and sanitation protocols, and would be contacting any other employees who had been in close contact with the individual.
"Current health guidelines state that people who have not been in close contact with a sick person are at low risk for infection," the management said to employees.
The company urged workers to keep practicing social distancing and good hygiene.
"We share this information in the spirit of transparency, however, we also understand this can cause heightened anxiety," the management said. "The use of paid sick/personal time, vacation time and unpaid leave remain available for use for all employees concerned about being at work."
Costco asked that employees stay home if feeling sick, notify the management, and contact a healthcare provider. They said that workers should monitor their health for symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Particularly prior to Governor Brown's stay-at-home order, Costco has seen a major influx of customers stocking up in preparation for being isolated at home — notably, buying up the store's supply of toilet paper on a regular basis. As a result, the company has taken steps to control the number of people in a store at a given time.
Most recently, Costco announced that it would shorten weekday hours. Beginning Monday, stores across the U.S. will close at 6:30 p.m. during the week. Gas stations will close at 7 p.m. Weekend hours remain the same.
"We and the entire Costco management team are prepared to help support employees during these serious and evolving times," Costco said in its notice to employees. "Please speak with management if you have any questions."