Butler County

4 employees at Giant Eagle manufacturing, distribution center test positive for COVID-19

FREEDOM, Pa. — Giant Eagle announced Monday that four employees at the manufacturing and distribution center in Freedom have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the company, about 400 people work at the facility, and since the first case was confirmed on May 8 everyone has had their temperatures taken when they arrive at work for their shifts.

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The building in Freedom is used as a warehouse, a corporate office and a manufacturing facility for some items sold in Giant Eagle stores.

A company spokesman said three of the sick employees have relationships outside work, meaning there’s a possibility the spread occurred outside of the building.

Giant Eagle said it has “undertaken numerous safety and sanitization practices" at this USDA-certified facility. This includes testing for anyone who may have worked with the sick employees.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food or packaging, Giant Eagle said.