MONROVIA, CALIF. - As cases of COVID-19 begin to pick up in a third wave that’s stronger than cases seen in April and June, Trader Joe’s has released the retailer’s data on cases of COVID-19 at the grocer’s stores in the last eight months.
"The health and safety practices and procedures that have been put in place, and that continually evolve, have been effective because of the great work done by our crew members in every store, every day,” said Jon Basalone, the retailer’s president of stores. “We appreciate our crew members' diligence and our customers' patience as we work each day to make our stores safe for everyone."
The retailer continually develops COVID-19 procedures in response to CDC recommendations and guidelines to best protect crew members and shoppers. Over the eight months leading up to Oct. 31, Trader Joe’s has experienced:
24% of the grocer’s 514 stores have had zero positive COVID-19 cases reported among crew members. 83% of stores have had zero to four cases.
Trader Joe's has had a total of 1,250 positive cases reported over the past eight months. Out of 53,000 crew members, this is a rate of approximately 2.4%. The retailer believes that the results in virtually all areas are below the average rates of positive cases in each community where it has stores.
95% of crew members that tested positive and completed a quarantine period have recovered and chosen to return to work.
There have been two crew member deaths in which COVID-19 was suspected to be a contributing factor.