Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Rochester food business is expected to resume operations Monday morning after a coronavirus related shutdown.

Olmsted County Public Health Public Information Officer Kari Etrheim has confirmed an undisclosed number of Seneca Foods employees and members of their families have tested positive for COVID-19. She says the resulting absenteeism has forced remaining employees to work longer shifts to keep up with demand and the company decided to shut down the operation for several days to provide the workers with a long weekend for much-needed rest.

Etrheim says Public Health has been working with the company on enhanced infection control and mitigation measures and stressed the decision to shut down for several days was not a recommendation from the agency. She described it as “a great example of a company doing what is best and right for the health, safety, and well-being of their staff.”

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