Detroit is investigating Whole Meals’ COVID-19 outbreak

The City of Detroit Health Department is investigating a major COVID-19 outbreak at the Whole Foods store.

23 of the store’s 196 employees have so far tested positive.

Denise Fair is Detroit’s chief public health officer. She calls the outbreak “outrageous” and says it raises questions about Whole Foods internal practices.

“That’s an infection rate of 10%, which is five times higher than in the rest of the city,” says Fair. “And we’ve worked so hard in the city of Detroit to keep the numbers down, and I’m just really very concerned that whole foods are putting the health of Detroiters at risk.”

Fair says it is not yet known whether any of the infections are from one of the new varieties that are easier to spread. The test results were sent to the state’s MDHHS laboratory to determine this.

She adds that city grocers have been eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine for three weeks.

“I urge every grocery store employee to take this seriously so this doesn’t happen to you,” she says.

Whole Foods Market said in a statement that it “carefully follows all directions from local health and food safety authorities”.

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