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Hy-Vee: Des Moines store workers test positive for COVID-19

By: - June 17, 2020 5:47 pm

Hy-Vee is limiting meat sales for customers in light of COVID-related shortages. (Photo by Linh Ta/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Hy-Vee confirmed Wednesday that an unspecified number of employees at one of the grocery chain’s Des Moines stores have tested positive for COVID-19.

Seven employees of the store, located at 3221 Southeast 14th St., and known as the Park Avenue Hy-Vee, are out sick. Some of them have tested positive for COVID-19, and some are waiting for the results of their tests for the virus, said Tina Potthoff, spokesperson for Hy-Vee.

Several Hy-Vee employees have tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo by: Linh Ta/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Potthoff said the company is cleaning and sanitizing the store in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Hy-Vee employees are required to wear face masks. Plexiglass shields have been installed at cash registers and the company has suspended the use of reusable bags.

Hy-Vee’s policy provides part-time workers who are sick with COVID-19 “job protection leave” for a minimum of two weeks while they are away from work. However, they do not receive paid sick leave. Full-time workers who are also enrolled in short-term disability can receive a minimum of two weeks of paid sick leave.

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