FreshDirect worker tests positive for coronavirus, self-isolating and 'doing well'


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- FreshDirect, the popular online grocery delivery service in the tri-state that has been experiencing widespread delays as people stock up on supplies, announced Wednesday afternoon that one of its employees has tested positive for coronavirus.

But the company was quick to tell customers that the person in question was not involved in food preparation or food delivery.

In a letter sent to customers from CEO David McInerney, he wrote, "Earlier today, a FreshDirect warehouse team member informed us that they tested positive for the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19). This team member is not involved in food preparation or making deliveries."He continued, "The employee has not been in the facility since March 12th when they reported feeling unwell early in their shift. This occurrence triggered the implementation of our COVID-19 response protocol, which included sending the employee home to follow-up with their healthcare provider, as well as deep cleaning the impacted area, its equipment, and all other appropriate business areas."

Mcinereney said the employee is self -isolating and is "doing fine."He added, "In the event that there are more cases, we will handle them in accordance with then current guidance and with the same high standards."