COVID-19 case confirmed in employee at Quaker Oats facility in Cedar Rapids


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Pepsico North Americas Foods said an employee at the Quaker Oats facility in Cedar Rapids has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee notified the facility on Wednesday.

"The health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and as a result, we are taking several steps in our facility to close certain lines and common areas," officials said in a press release. "Please see your Manager for further details on the closures we will have in the facility. We are also conducting a deep cleaning of contracted areas and equipment based on CDC Guidelines and using EPA-approved registered products for COVID-19."

Employees who were in contact with the employee are now in quarantine.

"According to the CDC, COVID-19 has poor survivability on surfaces," officials said. "So, there is likely a low risk of spread from surfaces, products, or packages. But, as we mentioned, out of an abundance of caution we will be deep cleaning identified areas."