Coca-Cola workers in Sandston test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:08 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 11:08:00-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The Coca-Cola bottling facility on Oakleys Lane in eastern Henrico temporarily closed for cleaning after employees tested positive for COVID-19.

“We can confirm that two teammates from our Sandston facility tested positive for COVID-19," a spokesperson for Coca-Cola Consolidated responded via email when asked about the test results. "Our teammates have received medical care and we wish them a quick recovery."

The company informed other workers who may have had close contact with the infected employees.

"We have exercised recommended quarantines. Out of an abundance of caution, we also made the decision to temporarily pause our operations to conduct a deep cleaning and sanitization of the entire facility by a third-party group," the spokesperson continued. "That process has been completed and our operations have resumed.”

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.