BLUE BELL CONFIRMS COVID-19 CASE IN BRENHAM FACILITY; PRODUCTION WILL CONTINUE

  

Officials at Blue Bell Creameries have confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in an employee at the company’s Brenham facility.

Blue Bell told KWHI in a statement that, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities, the employee has been quarantined, is not working, and is under medical supervision.

Blue Bell said it has taken all necessary steps to identify and notify employees who worked closely with the affected employee.  Those workers have been asked to self-quarantine and monitor for any symptoms for 14 days.

The company said, in addition to its current cleaning and sanitation procedures, it has deep-cleaned and disinfected the area where the employee worked.  It said the steps it has taken will allow it to continue to operate.

Blue Bell was unable to disclose any additional details about the employee for privacy reasons.

The company said in a previous statement it has implemented safety measures specifically to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Those include requiring temperature checks for every employee before entering its facilities, providing protective gear like masks and gloves to employees, installing plastic dividers for extra protection for employees working in close proximity of each other, increased cleaning of common areas and high-touch surfaces, staggered starts by production areas, and separate break rooms and bathrooms to reduce co-mingling.

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