Update on Health and Safety Protocol at Number 1 Sons
by N1S Admin
January 15, 2021
Last Friday, one of our team members tested positive for COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, we have been following these strict guidelines:
- Daily temperature checks and scrub-in upon entering the building.
- Vigilant, all-the-time mask wearing on the pickle factory floor and in the home delivery and office areas
- Enhanced sanitation guidelines that go beyond health code standard
- Strict social distancing measures in break areas, particularly during lunch break
Despite our precautions, someone on our crew testing positive was of great concern to us. We immediately worked to identify who may have been exposed, reworked the schedule to enforce quarantine and ensure no one was in danger, and began reviewing our procedures to make sure we are being as safe as possible. We owe a big thanks to Daniel and Yi Wah for doing all of this in a hurry and with absolute diligence. Yi Wah also met with an expert this week who has a decade of experience with SARS, coronavirus, and vaccines to discuss our practices and ensure we’re doing our utmost to keep you safe.
We got two pieces of good news in all of this: the first and most important is that our crew member is doing great, and we have had all negative tests from other isolating crew. The second is that, according to the disease expert that reviewed our policies, the precautions we are already taking have helped us minimize risk. On his recommendation, we’ve updated a few things, including switching to disposable masks inside the pickle factory and further limiting the number of people who are in different areas of the building at once, and we are taking it upon ourselves to begin steam cleaning the vans between each home delivery route as an added precaution.
Crew and customer safety is our #1 priority, and we are constantly thinking about how we can do that better. The news we got was scary; it’s a reminder that this disease is everywhere and the effort we’ve been putting in so far has been worth it. We will continue to do our due diligence to provide you with special, local, and delicious food in a way that puts your safety first. Below, you can see the COVID pledge that all crew members sign which outlines our expectations in detail.
Covid Policy & Pledge
Number 1 Sons will safely serve our community at markets and home delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic. This document details how we will do this for our each other and our customers. We will continually reevaluate and improve, including future policy changes or additions.
Defining exposure: Exposure is defined as 15 minutes, in a 24-hour period, within 6 feet of someone symptomatic or who has tested positive for Covid-19 (or someone who becomes symptomatic or tests positive in the following 48 hours), when either person is not masked. Note: This could apply to multiple interactions over a 24hr period.
Example: Joe (presumably Covid-negative) spent 10 minutes with Sue (Covid-positive) in the morning. Neither was wearing a mask, and they were sitting across from each other at a small table. Later that day, Joe and Aaron (Covid-positive) were chatting by the water cooler, drinking coffee. Neither had a mask on. Joe is considered exposed.
At first suspicion of Covid infection or exposure:
- Quarantine: Stay at home, in a separate space from anyone with whom you may live. Eat separately and do not share personal items like plates, cups, and towels. Use separate bathrooms if possible, wear a mask around others, and sterilize after touching any common surfaces. Have food and necessities delivered.
- Inform senior staff and let them know if you've been in contact with any N1S employees since your suspected date of exposure.
- Register for testing. Ideally, testing should be about 5 days after your suspected contraction of Covid, but if you are unsure, go ahead and test rather than waiting. Return to work is contingent upon a negative test result.
If you have symptoms or test positive, isolate at home.
- If you had symptoms, you can return to work when you have been isolated for 10 days from the first appearance of symptoms AND you have been fever-free, without taking any fever-reducing medication, for 24 hours.
- If you tested positive but were asymptomatic, you can return to work 10 days after your test date.
Per the CDC: Occasionally, if you have recovered from your symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19, you may continue to test positive for three months or more without being contagious to others. For this reason, you should be re-tested only if you develop new symptoms of possible COVID-19. Getting tested again should be discussed with your healthcare provider, especially if you have been in close contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- I will follow all Covid protocols at N1S, including:
- Entry protocol posted at front door
- Lunch protocol posted in kitchen
- I will wear a clean mask and not touch my face at work and during socialization out of work. If I accidentally touch my face, I’ll immediately wash my hands.
- I will maintain 6 feet of distance from others during my lunch break at work
- I will practice good hand washing hygiene
- I will minimize the number of people with whom I interact outside of work
- I understand wearing a mask does not replace the need to practice social distancing
At first appearance of symptoms or knowledge of exposure:
- I will quarantine
- I will inform senior staff and provide information of any exposure I may have had with other N1S employees
- I will register for testing ASAP
- If I test positive, I will follow the N1S return-to-work policy
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
I have read and understood and agree to abide by the above at all times.