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Frito-Lay confirms employees test positive for COVID-19 at Bakersfield facility

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 20:16:24-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Frito-Lay confirmed on Thursday that some employees at their Bakersfield facility have tested positive for COVID-19, but safety precautions have taken place to ensure the safety of other employees.

According to the company the employees are being quarantined and have been advised to seek medical attention. The company said it is taking all the necessary steps to identify and notify people who may have had contact with those who tested positive.

Their full statement is below:

We can confirm a limited number of employees at our Bakersfield, Calif., Frito-Lay facility have tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities, the employees are being quarantined and have been advised to seek medical attention. We are unable to disclose additional details about the individuals in accordance with privacy laws.
The safety of our employees, product and community remains our top priority. We have taken all necessary steps to identify and notify individuals who had direct contact with the COVID-19 positive employees and have asked those individuals to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. We continue to conduct enhanced daily cleaning and disinfecting procedures based on CDC guidelines and using EPA-approved registered products for COVID-19 at the Bakersfield site.
To further protect our associates, we have implemented a variety of safety measures including social distancing, symptoms screening, temperature checks and provided necessary PPE for employees at the Bakersfield facility. In accordance with California Department of Public Health guidance, Frito-Lay mandates all employees must wear a mask in the workplace.
We continue to enforce already strict preventive safety and sanitation measures in all of our locations and operate in line with guidance from the CDC and other health authorities. Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19 and there is no food safety risk.