Team Member Covid-19 Updates

Fifteenth - Seventeenth Positive Case (10/22/2020)

We have had 3 more employees infected, one at Meadow Ave, one at the Main Office, and one in Luzerne. The employee in Luzerne has been off work since last week, prior to getting sick, so we do not feel there was any potential exposure. Employees with any potential exposure at Meadow and Main Office have been notified. All Employees are doing ok and are off work in quarantine.

Twelveth - Fourteenth Positive Case (10/21/2020)

We wanted to let you know we have had 3 employees infected at our Meadow Ave store. Two had mild symptoms and one has more severe symptoms but is recovering. All 3 have been quarantined since last week. Any team members who had been exposure have been notified. At this time no other employees are showing any symptoms and all departments have been cleaned and sanitized. Please understand it takes a few days to fully investigate when someone tests positive for Covid before we can update everyone. Contact tracing involves discussions with the infected individual, management, reviewing video, and notifying those potentially exposed.

Ninth/Tenth/Eleventh Positive Case (10/07/2020)

After a very long pause in infections, we have had three in the last week. It appears certain or very likely that NONE of the team members were infected at work. There was one in the Hanover Township store, one in Meadow Ave, and one in Clark Summit. All three have either mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. In the case of the Meadow Avenue team member, no one else was exposed. In the other two stores, there was a small handful of team members who had potential exposure. Those people have been notified. As we always have, we are following all state and federal guidelines for safety, testing, and quarantining.

Eighth Positive Case (8/03/2020)

We wanted to let you know that we have had our eighth employee infection. He is an employee at our Keyser Ave location in Scranton. He tested positive last Friday. He had been off in quarantine all last week due to family exposure. He last worked 7/16 and is asymptomatic. There should not have been any exposure to anyone in the store.

Seventh Positive Case (5/18/2020)

We have had our seventh team member who tested positive. The person works at our store in Wyoming. Their last day of work was Friday, May 15. The person is doing well. For the most part, the person’s main symptom is a high fever. The person was very likely exposed to the virus by a family member who has it. Thankfully, the person had their mask on the entire time they were at work. They did spend short amounts of time interacting with a few other employees. We have notified all of those employees of the potential exposure. They have been instructed to wear their masks, take their temperatures, and monitor themselves for any symptoms. This event should again reinforce to us the importance of wearing our masks and wearing them properly. It should also remind us how important it is to be mindful of any symptoms and to report them to management.

Sixth Positive Case (5/06/2020)

We have had our sixth team member who tested positive. The person works at our store in Hanover Township. Their last day of work was Friday, May 1. The person was off on Thursday and wasn’t feeling well. However, when they woke up on Friday, they felt fine and had no fever, so they came to work. On Saturday, they did not feel well again and contacted their doctor and was sent for a COVID-19 test. They received a positive test result on Sunday. I am happy to report that their symptoms are very mild. For the most part, the person’s main symptom is fatigue. The person was very likely exposed to the virus by a family member who has it. I wish I could tell you that the person had their mask on during their entire time at work, but they did not wear it prior to the store opening. They did spend short amounts of time interacting with a few other employees. We have notified all of those employees of the potential exposure. They have been instructed to wear their masks, take their temperatures, and monitor themselves for any symptoms. Further, there is a low risk to other store personnel and customers.

Fifth Positive Case (4/24/2020)

We have had our fifth team member who tested positive. The person works at our Keyser Avenue store in Scranton. Their last day of work was Saturday, April 18th. The person developed symptoms on Saturday night and was tested on Monday. They received their test result on Wednesday. I am happy to report that, their symptoms are very mild, consisting only of fatigue, body aches and a fever. As with our last case, the person had their mask on during their entire time at work and they maintained a safe distance throughout their shifts. So, you know, we have begun to use our camera system to trace anyone who may have had contact with an infected individual. There were no other employees who were in close contact for an extended period of time. On a very positive note, at this time, there are no other team members who are awaiting a test result. Everyone we are aware of has either tested negative or they are one of the five infected employees who are all recovering.

Fourth Positive Case (4/22/2020)

We have had our fourth team member who tested positive. The person works at our Keyser Avenue store in Scranton. Their last day of work was Wednesday, April 15th. The person developed symptoms on Thursday and was tested on Monday. They received their test result yesterday. Thankfully, their symptoms have been manageable and are improving. The person believes that they were exposed outside of work. As with our last case, the person had their mask on during their entire time at work and they did not have lunch with anyone. There were a few other employees who spent some time working with the person and we have notified them. However, because the person wore a mask and had contact for less than 10 minutes at a time, the Department of Health and the CDC guidelines advise that the exposed team members continue to wear their masks, take their temperature, and monitor themselves for any symptoms. Further, there is a low risk to other store personnel and customers.

Third Positive Case (4/20/2020)

We have had our third team member who tested positive. The person works at our Clarks Summit store. Their last day of work was Thursday, April 16 The person was tested Friday and received the result Saturday. I am happy to report that their symptoms have been mild so far. The person had first developed a sore throat, then body aches, fatigue, and a fever. Thankfully, they had their mask on during their entire time at work. They did not have lunch with anyone either. There were two other employees who had some contact but worked with the person for less than ten minutes at a time. We have notified those employees. However, because of the person wore a mask and practiced social distancing, the Department of Health and the CDC only requires that the exposed team members continue to wear their masks, take their temperature, and monitor themselves for any symptoms. Further, there is a low risk to other store personnel and customers.

Second Positive Case (4/15/2020)

I want to let you know that there is now a second positive case, this time at our Moosic store. Thankfully, the situation played out in the best possible way for everyone. The person's worst symptom was extreme fatigue and they are recovering very well. They last worked on 3/29. That day, a member of their household became symptomatic. They were all immediately quarantined. Our team member developed symptoms a week later on 4/6, which means that they were not contagious while at work. They were tested this past Thursday and we received notice of their positive result yesterday. They will be returning to work when released from quarantine by their healthcare professional.

First Positive Case (4/10/2020)

In keeping with our pledge to maintain complete transparency with the public, I want to inform everyone that we have now had our first team member who tested positive for COVID-19. The person works at our Meadow Avenue store. Their last day of work was Saturday, April 4th and they will continue to be quarantined until released by their healthcare provider. The person was tested yesterday and received the result today. I am very happy to report that their symptoms have been very mild and have already begun to subside. I am proud of the way that this was handled by everyone involved. The employee, the department manager, and the store manager all followed the policies we have in place. Their actions were instrumental in minimizing the risk to everyone. We have consulted with the PA Department of Health and we are following all recommendations. They are satisfied with the cleaning protocols and safety policies we have in place. Based on their guidelines, there are no coworkers who are deemed to have been in close, prolonged contact. Had there been anyone who fell under this classification, we would notify them and ask them to self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days. They would also receive sick pay for that time.

More Gerrity's Covid-19 Updates

Gerritiy's Mask Policy

We will be implementing this policy to provide the safest possible environment for everyone who enters our stores. Our team members have all been provided with masks and we are now asking our customers to wear some sort of face-covering as well. We will have both disposable and reusable masks for sale in every store. Our primary goal is to keep our workers healthy in order to ensure a safe, reliable supply of groceries for your family. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Store Hours

We are closing all stores one hour early every day to do additional cleaning. This means 9 PM Mon-Sat and 8 PM on Sunday. We have been cleaning this whole time, but we feel that we can be more efficient without customers in the store. More importantly, this will allow our already exhausted team to start cleaning earlier and get home earlier. Click Here for full store hour listings.

Senior Shopping Hours

Exclusive Senior Citizens hours will be Tuesdays from 7AM - 9AM and Fridays from 7AM - 9AM. This will include people 60 and over and it will be strictly enforced. An ID will be required. Helpers, Aids or family members under 60 will not be allowed in the store. It will only be for senior citizens. If you need to have a helper or aid, we ask that you instead send them to the store to shop for you during the time for the general public. Keep in mind that the whole point of this is to allow seniors to shop in an isolated environment. Click Here for full store hour listings.