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Two employees at Little Caesars tested positive for COVID-19, spokesperson says

Posted at 12:38 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 15:46:16-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to Spokesperson for Little Caesars in Bakersfield, Johnny Baklini, confirmed that two employees tested positive for COVID-19 this April.

Baklini said one employee who tested positive works at the Niles location and the other employee works at South H St location. Both employees got the virus from an outside source.

Baklini released the following statement:

Our employees and customers' health is our top priority. We are working closely with the health department and following all their recommendations along with the CDC. We are doing more than what is required because we feel it's the right thing to do. We have communicated directly with the impacted team members, who are in quarantine, and following all health department guidelines, and we'll pay them while they're on leave. We also required all our employees at those locations whether they were in direct contact or not with that person to go get tested for COVID-19 at our own cost. All our employees in both stores will be in quarantine until we get their negative test results. Everyone will be paid for every hour missed.

We hired a disinfecting local cleaning company that cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected every surface in our restaurant overnight. We put together a new team from all the locations across Kern county to help us operate the store until the quarantine individuals are back.

At Little Caesars, We are proud to practice industry-leading cleanliness and sanitation procedures in our stores, and we have enhanced and increased those daily efforts to provide a clean and safe environment for all. We clean and disinfect our lobbies after every customer or 30 minutes if it's busy. Our employees are equipped with masks, gloves, glasses, and soon face shields. Our pizzas are cooked in ovens that reach over 475 degrees Fahrenheit (245 degrees Celsius) and handled only with sanitized tools. They are not touched as they are packaged.

We will continue to take care of our employees and our customers at all times.