Turkey Hill Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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The Turkey Hill Minit Market at 1140 Hellertown Road, Bethlehem, was being cleaned and sanitized after an employee who recently worked there for several hours reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Friday. (FILE PHOTO)

A Turkey Hill Minit Market just outside Easton was closed and another store in Bethlehem was being cleaned after an employee who worked in both locations tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Lehigh Valley Live reported that the store at 55 Morgan Hill Road, Williams Township, closed at 10 p.m. Friday and will be sanitized by an industrial cleaning outfit before reopening sometime in the next few weeks.

According to the news site, the Turkey Hill at 1140 Hellertown Road, Bethlehem, was cleaned deeply with a particular focus on an office in which the employee worked for several hours.

It wasn’t clear from the story–which cited a Turkey Hill news release from a Boston public relations firm–when the employee last worked in either location, or whether the Bethlehem store was or will be closed as a result of the connection.

The Turkey Hill website lists information about a Lancaster store employee that tested positive for COVID-19 last month but does not include information about either of the two Northampton County stores affected by the latest announcement.

Parent company president George Fournier said in a March 17 statement published on the site that Turkey Hill “is committed to supporting local authorities and governments, in every country the group operates in, to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our team members and guests remains our top priority.”

Individuals who are sick or who may have symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home rather than coming to work or shop in Turkey Hill stores, and the company is closely following CDC guidelines, Fournier wrote.

The Bethlehem Turkey Hill store is located at a very busy intersection opposite the westbound on and off-ramps to I-78, just north of Hellertown borough.

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