Five San Antonio Food Bank employees test positive for coronavirus

5 San Antonio Meals Financial institution workers check constructive for coronavirus

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5 San Antonio Meals Financial institution workers have examined constructive for COVID-19 within the final two weeks, the group confirmed on Tuesday.

Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the meals financial institution, stated his employees is on the entrance line of the pandemic and placing themselves in danger of their effort to feed these in want. For the reason that pandemic has began, the meals financial institution has given away a whole lot of hundreds of meals.

“Being right here working, it’s a giant gathering of individuals, so there may be that potential danger,” Cooper stated.

The 5 workers have been quarantining for the final two weeks after growing signs earlier than getting examined.

He stated the meals financial institution is doing every thing it may well to maintain its workers and volunteers protected, however added it is usually as much as the group to assist preserve the important employees protected.

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“All of us should be doing what we will to remain protected and consider others,” Cooper stated. “I consider the sacrifice my workers are making to work right here. I hope that the residents who’re struggling to put on a face masks could make the sacrifice to be uncomfortable for a bit and canopy as much as mitigate the publicity.”

Whereas the meals financial institution employs about 200 folks and has about 1,000 volunteers, Cooper says at this level they’re nonetheless at “mission crucial” and shedding any of their group members impacts them.

“The necessity is nice,” Cooper stated. “We now have to be looking for individuals who are struggling and people who have to be nourished.”

Residents can register for the distribution or dwelling supply choices on-line or over the cellphone to cut back face-to-face contact.

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