CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) — The Chicopee Health Department announced the closure of Arnold’s Meats Saturday after an employee was tested positive for COVID-19.
According to Chicopee Health Director Lisa Sanders, the announcement of the closure came after additional information was relayed to the Health Department that the infected employee came into contact with other parts of the store and workers between March 18 and March 23.
Due to this, more employees were told they need to self-quarantine for 14 days and that the store would be closed until April 9. During that time the store will be cleaned and sanitized.
Sanders said the owner, and employees, have been cooperating and working with the health department in ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved.
On Friday the Chicopee Health Department said they were made aware of the employee’s positive test for COVID-19. Chicopee Police Officers went to inform the owner of the business.
Sanders said employees were told on Friday to quarantine for the required 14 days, and the owner of Arnolds agreed to keep the area the positive worker worked at, closed, and would be cleaning and sanitizing the area.
22News reached out to Arnold’s Meats and they sent us the following statement:
On Tuesday, March 24th we sent an employee from the Chicopee store home who was exhibiting symptoms of Coronovirus. We sent the employee home and later learned that they tested positive for Coronavirus.
Upon learning this, we sent all employees who worked in close contact home for quarantine, suspended process room operations, and fully sanitized our entire back area where the employee worked and have continued to sanitize all surfaces in the store. The Chicopee Police and Health Department visited us, approved of all the actions taken, and gave us the green light to continue operations.
We are moving forward and operating as normal while following all guidelines set forth by the CDC and DPH. We hope you understand that we are taking this matter as seriously as we can! We will continue to be vigilant about sanitation, continue to support our employees to the best of our ability, and continue to serve the community in as safe a manner as possible.
Our customers mean the world to us, and we very much appreciate everyone’s continued support throughout these times! Be safe out there, maintain social distance, and do your best to remain positive during these tough times!
All the best,
Arnold’s Meats and the Katz FamilyJeff Katz, Vice President, Marketing and Accounts