Member of Safeway distribution center in Colorado passes away, tested positive for COVID-19

Safeway is a store owned by Albertsons Companies, one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. (Logo courtesy of MGN Online)
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DENVER (KKTV) - A long-time and well-respected employee of the Safeway distribution center in Denver passed away, according to a statement from the company.

11 News received the statement on Thursday. The person's name was not shared publicly. The associate had tested positive for COVID-19, it isn't clear if the person had any other underlying health conditions.

"Our hearts are heavy, and our thoughts are with that individual’s family," the statement from Safeway read.

The facility remains open. The Food and Drug Administration states that there is no evidence to suggest that food produced in the United States can transmit COVID-19. The agency also adds that currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19.

The associate had not worked in the warehouse since April 17. On the day the company learned of his diagnosis, the distribution center was thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, according to the company.

Click here for more on the COVID-19 response by Safeway.

RESOURCES FOR COLORADANS DURING OUTBREAK

- For information and resources on COVID-19, El Paso and Teller County residents can call 719-575-8888 seven days a week. Monday through Friday, the line is available from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekends, calls will be taken between 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

- The state has a toll-free hotline CO HELP for general questions about COVID-19. That hotline can be reached at both 303-389-1687 and 877-462-2911.

- Those needing assistance with financial services, food, clothing and household needs, mental health, and more can call 211.

QUICK LINKS TO CREDIBLE SOURCES:
- Click here for the El Paso County Public Health COVID-19 website

- Click here for the CDPHE COVID-19 website. The website includes a lot of answers to frequently asked questions from across the state.

-Click here for a list of locations giving out free school lunches to kids.

- Click here for the CDC COVID-10 website