BedMart facility in Wilsonville reports COVID-19 cases
The BedMart distribution center in Wilsonville reported two COVID-19 cases at its facility earlier this month, but those employees are back to work after quarantining for 14 days and testing negative, according to BedMart Vice President of Marketing Elana Stone Anderson.
Stone Anderson said a warehouse employee who delivers mattresses wasn't feeling well and so received a test. After he tested positive, another asymptomatic employee also tested positive.
The Oregon Health Authority website says there are five cases associated with BedMart, but that list includes other non-employees who were associated with the outbreak like co-habitants.
"We're disappointed to be on the list at all because we've been working really hard since February to prepare for this and make sure we have precautions in place we needed to to keep customers and employees safe," Stone Anderson said.
She added: "Household members and close contacts as far as we are aware have never tested positive for it."
Stone Anderson said they sent a list of all the customers who received deliveries from the two employees to the OHA, which is responsible for contact tracing.
As for precautions, the vice president said curbside delivery is an option for customers and that delivery trucks are wiped down daily. Drivers also wear masks, gloves, eye protection and boot covers and ask customers to wear masks. Stone Anderson said BedMart has spent over $10,000 on personal protective equipment.
"We really focused on making sure we've been diligent about the spread of COVID and respecting that," she said. "My biggest thing is I want people to feel safe and know we're doing everything we can. It's awful everyone is having to deal with this but I'm pretty proud that our team reacted as quickly as they did."
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