Kroger to Test Associates for COVID-19

The grocer will offer free home test kits or the option of using its public drive-thru test sites.

May 06, 2020

CINCINNATI—Kroger announced it is offering free COVID-19 testing to employees based on symptoms and medical need.

“At Kroger, the safety and health of our associates and customers remains our top priority during this unprecedented time,” said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior vice president and chief people officer, in a press release. “Our associates have worked tirelessly to provide communities continued access to fresh, affordable food. We are dedicated to providing support and gratitude to our associates across the country.”

This month, Kroger Health—the healthcare division of the company—will begin offering tests to associates, which will be a combination of self-administered kits and the company’s public drive-thru testing sites. Kroger Health's expansion to test more associates joins the COVID-19 testing the team has already been providing while supporting areas with high incident rates.

Kroger has also increased its investment in personal protective equipment (PPE) to encourage a safer working environment. The company has supplied protective masks to all associates, enhanced daily sanitation practices, installed floor decals and plexiglass partitions at checkout lanes to promote physical distancing, reduced customer capacity limits and taken several other steps.

As businesses across America begin to reopen, Kroger has created a resource guide that includes actionable recommendations and learnings the company has applied in the past eight weeks to safeguard its associates, customers, and communities, as well as what it has learned through regular interaction with business leaders in other countries that are ahead of the U.S. in terms of the pandemic cycling through their countries.

This week, the company released its third installment of Sharing What We've Learned: A Blueprint for Businesses, which focuses on the needs, well-being and health of employees in various workplace settings. The resource is available to download at KrogerBlueprint.com

Coronavirus Resources

NACS has compiled resources to help the convenience retail community navigate the COVID-19 crisis. For news updates and guidance, visit our coronavirus resources page.

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