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PUSD Kitchen Employee Tests Negative for COVID-19

Earlier concerns of possible infection placed grab and go meals program on hold

Published on Monday, April 6, 2020 | 4:00 am

The PUSD employee whose illness led district officials to stop the Grab and Go meals program has tested negative for the Coronavirus, according to a district press release.

“We are pleased to report that COVID-19 test results were negative for the PUSD cafeteria worker who was tested a week ago,” said Hilda Ramirez, PUSD communications director. “PUSD has taken additional safety measures such as sanitizing District kitchens and facilities and requiring masks or face coverings for all workers. Food Service workers wear gloves regularly to comply with food safety guidelines.”

The program was suspended on March 29 after concerns about a possible infected employee surfaces.

The program resumed on March 31 when an outside vendor stepped in and began providing meals. PUSD was scheduled to resume the program on April 14.

It is not known if that will happen earlier in light of the negative test.

The meal program takes place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at seven schools in the district.

The district has been providing meals for local students since schools were closed in March due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

“Student meal service by PUSD Food & Nutrition Services will continue with nutritious “Grab and Go” meals for children 18 and younger weekdays from 9-11 a.m. at seven schools. The City of Pasadena is also providing meals on weekends,” the statement reads.

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