Wells: 'A small percentage of team members test positive for COVID-19'

Thursday, May 14, 2020

LE MARS — In a statement issued to the Daily Sentinel on Thursday, Wells Enterprises has announced they are continuing to see a small percentage of team members test positive for COVID-19. However, Wells did not elaborate on what they deem a "small percentage."

"We continue to conduct temperature and wellness screenings of team members at all manufacturing facilities. The use of masks is mandatory at Wells and we encourage team members to maintain the same diligence in their personal lives and to wear masks in public to further protect the health of themselves and their family members," the statement read. "Additional masks will be provided to employees to share with their family members to help in this manner.

"Wells Enterprises has been proactive from the start of the pandemic. We have been intentional in our planning to adjust shifts and schedules. We chose to be more conservative than early CDC guidelines to mandate longer terms of self-isolation for employees with potential exposure and we implemented daily biometric screenings.

"Within work areas we created six feet of separation on the production line. We use personal protective equipment and create social distancing through barriers to separate workstations and within break room facilities," the statement continued. "We’ve added additional cleaning schedules to common areas, in addition to our existing sanitation practices in our production areas. Nonessential employees are working from home."

According to the information, Wells is continuing to provide regular communications to employees in a variety formats and in multiple language for printed materials.

"We have added additional communication tools during this pandemic to better reach our frontline employees, including mailing information weekly to team members’ homes, text messaging and leader-led calls providing timely updates.

"Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) are in place at all Wells facilities to ensure our food safety exceeds the measures necessary to prevent COVID-19 and any cross contamination.

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), there is currently no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19," the release concluded.

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