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June 11, 2022
Hello Member-owners, 

We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.

As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:

This individual was last on the clock in Food Service on Tuesday, 6/7 from 7:30am-3:00pm and Wednesday, 6/8 from 7:30-12:30pm. They first experienced symptoms on Wednesday 6/8, and received a positive test result on Wednesday, 6/8.

Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.

All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.

We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.

All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above. 

Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
June 8, 2022
Hello Member-owners, 

We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.

As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:

This individual was last on the clock in Food Service on Sunday, 6/5, from 8:26am to 4:59pm. They first experienced symptoms on Monday, 6/6, and received a positive test result on Wednesday, 6/8.

Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.

All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.

We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.

All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above. 

Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
May 17, 2022
Hello Member-owners, 

We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.

As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:

This individual was last on the clock in Food service on Tuesday, 5/10 from 4:40 pm – 7:40pm. They first experienced symptoms on 5/11 and received a positive test result on 5/13.

Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.

All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.

We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.

All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above. 

Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
 
May 16, 2022
Hello Member-owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates last week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual was last on the clock on the Front End on Friday 5/13 from 7:30am – 1:15pm, Thursday 5/12 from 11:15am – 1:20pm, Tuesday 5/10 from 7:45am – 4:30pm, and Monday 5/9 from 12pm – 10pm. They first experienced symptoms on 5/11 and received a positive test result on 5/13.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
May 11, 2022
Hello Member-owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates this week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the names of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual was last on the clock in the Meat Department on Sunday, 5/8 from 7am – 1:30pm, and Monday, 5/9 from 7am – 2:30pm. They first experienced symptoms on 5/9 and received a positive test result yesterday, 5/10.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
May 6, 2022

Hello Member-owners,

We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates this week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result today. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.

As always, we are not able to disclose the names of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:

This individual was last on the clock in Grocery on Tuesday, May 3 from 10:20 am to 4:45 pm and on Thursday, May 5 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. They first experienced symptoms on May 5, and received a positive test result on Friday, May 6.

Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.

All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.

We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.

All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.

Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
April 25, 2022
Hello Member-owners,
 
We want to thank all of the member-owners and staff who are here together with us as the co-op community. Your efforts, shopping, and good energy are appreciated! We recently changed our mask policy to a masks-optional policy based upon survey results and CDC transmission guidelines in the area. We are now seeing that the transmission levels in Albany County are listed as “high”, and we are responding by updating our masking policy for staff and M-Os in the store while working and investing time. Due to the rising COVID cases in the area and Albany County being moved into the “high” COVID-19 community transmission level, it will once again be required for staff and member-owners on shift to wear face coverings effective this Wednesday, 4/27.  We will continue to monitor the transmission levels in the area and respond to the changes in the most timely way possible. Again, thanks for being here with us.
 
Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come invest time if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being. Please call us at your earliest convenience if you know you can't make it in for your shift.
 
All positive COVID cases at the co-op are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website. We want to thank you again for all of the proactive and precautionary steps you continue to take every day to reduce risk at the co-op. 
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
In cooperation,
HWFC Management Team (Stephen, Erin, Stephanie, Yevette, Alex)
 
 
April 25, 2022

Hello Member-owners,

We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates last week that we were notified of two positive COVID–19 test results today. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.

As always, we are not able to disclose the names of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:

The first individual last worked on the Front End on Thursday, 4/21 from 1pm to 9:30pm. They first experienced symptoms on Friday, 4/22, and received a positive test result on Friday, 4/22.

The second individual last worked on the Front End on Friday, 4/22 from 11am to 4:00pm and on Sunday, 4/24 from 8am to 4:30pm. They tested positive this morning, Monday, 4/25.

Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.

All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.

We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.

All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.

Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
 
April 21, 2022

Hello Member-owners,

We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date this week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result today. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.

As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:

This individual was last on the clock in Food Service on Wednesday, 4/20 from 4:30pm to 8:00pm. They first experienced symptoms late on 4/20, and received a positive test result on Wednesday, April 20 after their shift.

Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.

All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.

We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.

All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.

Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
April 12, 2022
Hello Member-owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates last week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result today. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked in Administration on Saturday, 4/9 from 2:55pm to 3:55pm, and Thursday 4/7 from 7:26am to 8:47pm. They became symptomatic on Saturday, 4/9, and received a positive test result on Tuesday, April 12.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
April 7, 2022
Hello Owners and Member-Owners,
 
We want to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the recent face covering survey. The survey was sent to all employees and all MOs who currently do hours at HWFC. In total, 122 employees and 264 member-owners responded to the survey. A combined 74.29% of respondents voted for options A and C, in favor of a change to our current policy of requiring face coverings for all staff and member-owners while on shift. 
 
Effective Monday, April 11, face coverings will no longer be required for staff and member-owners. Please understand that this policy may revert if we deem it to be necessary, based upon best guidance from the CDC and Albany County, which is still ever-evolving.
 
We understand that 25.71% of survey respondents would prefer to remain with a face covering mandate in place. We encourage you to continue to wear a face covering for as long as you would like. We will continue to make KN95 masks and surgical masks available for anyone who would like one while on shift. If you feel uncomfortable while on shift due to close contact with unmasked individuals, inability to social distance, or for any other reason, we absolutely encourage you to talk with the membership manager, department manager where you are investing time or with the manager on duty, and we will do our best to find a way to ensure that you are comfortable.
 
Below is the full content from the survey along with the results in bold.
 
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The CDC currently designates each county with 1 of 3 levels of community risk, CDC guidance for masks 
 
1. LOW LEVEL (Mask optional): People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
2. MEDIUM LEVEL (Mask optional): If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions.
3. HIGH LEVEL (Mask Required): People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
 
In the absence of a mask requirement from Albany County or New York State, based on the description above and at this current time, would you rather HWFC follows the CDC guidelines for mandating mask wearing or should we more or less restrictive for Employees & MO’s to wear masks on shift?
 
CHOICE A (37.53% of respondents)
Employees and Member Owners should follow the CDC guidelines for mask wearing, based on transmission rates.
 
CHOICE B (25.71% of respondents)
Employees and Member Owners should continue to wear masks on shift regardless of COVID-19 community transmission levels.
 
CHIOCE C (36.76% of respondents)
Employees and member owners on shift should have the option to wear masks at all times, but there should be no requirement to do so.
 
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Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
 
These past 2+ years of navigating COVID-19 have been the challenge of a lifetime for all of us at Honest Weight. We continue to be blown away by the grace with which the co-op community has met this challenge.
 
Thank you all for everything you do!
 
In cooperation,
HWFC Management Team (Stephen, Erin, Stephanie, Yevette, Alex)
 
April 4, 2022
Hello Member-Owner,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date this week that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result today. Please remember: do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked in Food Service on Monday, April 4, from 12:51pm to 7:53pm and received a positive test result on Monday, April 4, after their shift.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
March 3, 2022
Hello Member-Owner,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date this week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test result today. Please keep the following in mind as The Co-op community continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic:
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked in Administration on Monday, 2/28, from 8:37 AM to 4:56 PM. They became symptomatic on Tuesday, 3/1, and received a positive test result on Wednesday, 3/2.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
 
February 24, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date this week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test result yesterday. As you are aware, the Capital Region continues to experience high transmission rates. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
 
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked in the Cheese Department on Monday, 2/21, from 11:30am to 8:15pm. They became symptomatic on Tuesday, 2/22, and received a positive test result on Wednesday, 2/23.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
February 23, 2022
Hello Member-Owner,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date this week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test result yesterday. As you are aware, the Capital Region continues to experience high transmission rates. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked in Food Service on Monday, 2/21, from 11:58am to 3:38pm. They became symptomatic on Monday, 2/21, and received a positive test result on Monday, 2/21.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
February 22, 2022
Hello Member-Owner,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test result yesterday. As you are aware, the Capital Region continues to experience high transmission rates. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked on the Front End on Friday, 2/18, from 4:59pm to 9:20pm. They became symptomatic on Sunday, 2/20, and received a positive test result on Monday, 2/21.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
February 20, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test result yesterday. As you are aware, the Capital Region continues to experience high transmission rates. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked Thursday 2/17 7AM-130PM and Friday 2/18 7AM-3:30PM in Food Service. They received a positive test result on Saturday 2/19/22.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
February 16, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test result today. As you are aware, the Capital Region continues to experience high transmission rates. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked Monday 2/14/2022 5:38pm to 8:59pm, and Tuesday, 2/15/2022 5:38pm to 9:07pm in Food Service. They became symptomatic on Saturday, 2/12/2022, and they received a positive test result on Wednesday, 2/16/2022.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
 
February 4, 2022- Second Covid contact on 2/4
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates last week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test result today. As you are aware, the Capital Region continues to experience high transmission rates. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked worked Monday 01/31/2022 5:00PM to 9:10 PM in the Front End. They became symptomatic on Tuesday, 2/1/22, and they received a positive test result on Wednesday, 2/2/22.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
February 4, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test result yesterday. As you are aware, the Capital Region continues to experience high transmission rates. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked on the Front End, Saturday 1/29 from 12pm to 8:45pm. They became symptomatic on Sunday, 1/30, and they received a positive test result on Monday, 1/31.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
January 25, 2022
Hello Member-Owner,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test results today.
 
As you are aware, the Capital Region is experiencing remarkably high transmission rates at this time. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked in Administration Thursday, 1/20, from 8am to 4:35pm. They became symptomatic on Saturday, 1/22, and they received a positive test result on Monday, 1/24.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
 
January 24, 2022
Hello Member-Owner,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant date last week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test results today.
 
As you are aware, the Capital Region is experiencing remarkably high transmission rates at this time. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
 
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
This individual last worked in the Food Service Department on Sunday, 1/16 from 12:30pm to 9:00 pm,  This individual became symptomatic on Tuesday, 1/18/22, they received a positive test result on 1/21/22.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
January 14, 2022
Hello Member- Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates last week that we were notified of two more positive COVID–19 test results today.
 
As you are aware, the Capital Region is experiencing remarkably high transmission rates at this time. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
 
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
The first individual last worked in the Food Service Department on Friday 1/7/22 from 4:00am to 6:43am. They became symptomatic on 1/11/22, and tested positive on 1/13/22.  
 
The second individual worked in Administration on Saturday 1/8/22 from 8:15pm to 9:15pm. They became symptomatic on 1/11/22 and tested positive on 1/13/22.
 
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
 
January 13, 2022

Hello Member-Owners,

We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates last week that we were notified of another positive COVID–19 test results today.

As you are aware, the Capital Region is experiencing remarkably high transmission rates at this time. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:

  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging people to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.

As always, we are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:

This individual last worked on the Front End on Thursday 1/6 from 12pm to 8:50pm, on Friday 1/7 from 12pm to 8:40pm, and on Sunday 1/9 from 10am to 6:40pm. They remain asymptomatic (no symptoms), but they received a positive test result on 1/12.

Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and the greater community. This individual has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.

All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.

We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.

All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.

Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
 
January 12, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time on the relevant dates last week that we were notified of two more positive COVID–19 test results today.
 
As you are aware, the Capital Region is experiencing remarkably high transmission rates at this time. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
 
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging folks to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the names of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
The first individual last worked in Food Service on Tuesday, 1/4, from 10:20am to 6:45pm, on Thursday, 1/6, from 6:30am to 2:30pm, and on Saturday, 1/8 from 7:35am to 8:30pm. They became symptomatic on 1/3 and tested positive on 1/11.
 
The second individual last worked in Food Service on Tuesday, 1/4, from 9:10am to 5:30pm, on Wednesday, 1/5, from 9:10am to 5:50pm, and on Friday, 1/7 from 10am to 6:30pm. They became symptomatic on Saturday 1/8 and tested positive on 1/10.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
January 11, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time last week that we were notified of two more positive COVID–19 test results today.
As you are aware, the Capital Region is experiencing remarkably high transmission rates at this time. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Please keep the following in mind as we navigate this difficult time:
 
  • Public health officials are strongly encouraging folks to wear KN95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks. We have an abundance of KN95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift.
  • Please do your best to socially distance. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your supervisor know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. If you feel uncomfortable off of the sales floor, please let your supervisor know and we will work with you to come up with a solution. We continue to make the Community Room available as a secondary break room, please make use of it.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, consider coming into the co-op if you are feeling unwell or symptomatic in any way. We will never ask you to come into work if you are feeling unwell, and we trust you to maintain the same standard. It is our job to figure out how to cover your shift. It is your job to prioritize your health and well-being.
  • The housekeeping team (and all departments) are working tirelessly to keep the co-op neat and sanitized. Please go above and beyond to support this effort. Take extra care to sanitize frequent touch surfaces. If you aren’t sure if a space has been sanitized recently and you have a moment, sanitize it.
  • We are doing our best to ensure that all safety-related policies and procedures we have in place are being followed. Please let your supervisor know if you observe safety precautions not being followed or being followed incorrectly, and we will address it.
  • We continue to closely monitor local COVID positivity rates and we continue to evaluate the co-op’s safety practices.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the names of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
The first individual last worked in administration on Wednesday, 1/5 from 8:55am to 6:50pm. They became symptomatic on 1/7 and tested positive on 1/10.
 
The second individual last worked on the front end on Thursday, 1/6, from 7:50am to 1:10pm, and on Friday, 1/7 from 7:55am to 4:40pm. They became symptomatic on 1/8 and tested positive on 1/11.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and the greater community. These individuals have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
All positive COVID cases at the coop are made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe and keeping people fed.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health. We also strongly encourage boosters for those who are eligible. You can learn more at the link above.
 
 
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
She/Her
Membership Manager
Honest Weight Food Co-op
100 Watervliet Ave.
Albany, NY 12206
Store Phone: 518-482-2667 Ext 104
 
January 6, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time last week that we were notified of two more positive COVID–19 test results today. As you are aware, the Capital Region is experiencing remarkably high transmission rates at this time. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Public health officials are encouraging folks to wear N95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks at this time. We have an abundance of N95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your manager know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. We are taking an extra hard look at the many COVID safety precautions in place at the co-op and assessing next steps.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the names of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we can share the following information:
 
The first individual last worked in the Front of House on Thursday, 12/30 from 11:50am to 8:15pm, Friday, 12/31 from 8am to 7:20pm, and Saturday 1/1 from 10am to 6:30pm. They became symptomatic on 1/4 and tested positive on 1/5. 
 
The second individual last worked in the Meat Department on Friday, 12/31 from 6am to 2:40pm. They became symptomatic on 1/3 and tested positive on 1/6.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and our greater community. The employees have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
In the spirit of transparency, all positive COVID cases in the coop will be made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829.
 
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health.
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
 
 
                                                                                                                                          January 5, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested on 12/29, 1/1, and 1/2 that we were notified of multiple positive COVID–19 test results. As you are aware, the Capital Region is experiencing remarkably high transmission rates at this time. Please take every precaution you can to keep yourself and others safe, both at the co-op and while outside of the co-op. Public health officials are encouraging folks to wear N95 or surgical masks instead of cloth masks at this time. We have an abundance of N95 masks and surgical masks available for staff and member-owners on shift. As always, if you feel uncomfortable at any time on the sales floor due to crowding, please let your manager know and step off of the sales floor for as long as necessary. We are taking an extra hard look at the many COVID safety precautions in place at the co-op and assessing next steps.
 
As always, we are not able to disclose the names of the individuals who tested positive, but in the spirit of transparency, we are sharing the below information regarding the co-op’s most recent positive cases, as soon as we have it:
 
One individual last worked on Sunday, 1/2 from 3:15pm to 10:15pm and Monday, 1/3 from 8:30am to 5:15pm, in the Cheese Department. Their symptoms began on Monday, 1/3 and they tested positive on Monday, 1/3.
 
Another individual last worked on Wednesday, 12/29 from 8:50am to 11:40am, in the Grocery Department. Their symptoms began later that afternoon, and they tested positive on Monday, 1/3.
 
And the third individual last worked on Sunday, 1/2 from 3-7pm, in the produce department. We do not yet have the precise details on when they became symptomatic or when they tested positive, but we do know that both occurred sometime after their shift at the co-op.
 
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individuals, along with you all, and our greater community. The employees have been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
In the spirit of transparency, all positive COVID cases in the coop will be made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829.
 
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health.
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
 
January 4, 2022
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time last week on Thursday or Friday that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result. We are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive. We can share that they last worked on Thursday, 12/30 from 12:30pm-6pm and Friday, 12/31 from 7am-4pm, in the Cheese Department. Their symptoms began on Saturday, 1/1, and they notified us of their positive test result on Sunday, 1/2.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and our greater community. The employee has been instructed to make contact with the Department of Health, to report their close contacts, and to provide Honest Weight with their quarantine information.
 
In the spirit of transparency, all positive COVID cases in the coop will be made publicly available on the COVID-19 page of our website.
 
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829.
 
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health.
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau
 
December 24, 2021
Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time this week on Wednesday or Thursday that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result. We are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive. We can share that they last worked on Wednesday 12/22 and Thursday, 12/23, in the grocery department. They notified us of their positive test result today. The person who tested positive identified no close contacts during the recent shifts. We send these notices out to MOs who were on the clock in the spirit of transparency even though there were no contacts to report.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and our greater community. The Department of Health has been notified and will be directly reaching out to those employees and MOs who may have been within close contact with the individual. This information is coming directly from the co-op's staffing schedule and the staff member who tested positive.
 
All positive COVID cases in the coop will be made publicly available  on the COVID-19 page of our website.
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829.
 
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health.
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau

 

12/20/2021

Hello Member-Owners,
 
We're reaching out to inform MOs who invested time last week on Tuesday that we were notified of a positive COVID–19 test result. We are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive. We can share that they last worked on Tuesday, 12/14, from 8am-11am on the Front End. They notified us of their positive test result on Saturday, 12/18. They had not been in the store for a shift during the week leading up to their shift on 12/14.
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual, along with you all, and our greater community. The Department of Health has been notified and will be directly reaching out to those employees and MOs who may have been within close contact with the individual. This information is coming directly from the co-op's staffing schedule and the staff member who tested positive.
 
In the spirit of transparency, going forward all positive COVID cases in the coop will be made publicly available  on the COVID-19 page of our website.
We want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps you have taken every day to reduce risk at the co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829.
 
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health.
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau

 

12/18/2021

Hello Member-Owners and Staff,
 
We’re writing in regards to the recent survey that HWFC sent out about vaccines and the possible OSHA mandate. We really appreciate all the people who participated in the survey to help us gather information—you all rock!
 
The survey was sent to all employees and to the MOs who actively do hours. In total, we sent this survey to 627 employees and member-owners and received 364 responses. Out of 186 employees we received 108 responses, and out of 441 member-owners we received 256 responses. You can view the results of the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-QBVCXXFQ/
 
A quick recap: This survey was to gather information to see where the in-house community stands in the event that the pending federally mandated OSHA Vaccination and Testing Standard is permitted to proceed. You can read about the OSHA Vaccination and Testing Standard and related details on the OSHA website.
 
This is a tough subject, and making decisions that balance the needs of the community are not taken lightly by any of us. While the mandate has been prohibited from proceeding by the US Court of Appeals and HWFC is not legally required to make a decision on this topic at this time, the implications of any direction that we collectively proceed with could determine the way our employees and member-owners individually proceed. For this reason, we have decided to announce that if we are mandated to do so, our intention will be to follow Honest Weight’s stated guidelines of inclusivity, diversity, openness, and cooperation that are core to who we are as an organization and as a community. These can be found throughout our Mission, Statements of Conscience, and foundational documents. The mandate would allow for two options: 1) Vaccines for all, or 2) Vaccine or weekly testing for all.
 
We are choosing option 2 which will allow all employees and member-owners to remain part of the active community if this mandate proceeds, understanding that we will all need to follow the guidelines of either vaccinating or weekly testing.  
 
We also wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that after hearing more feedback from staff and Managers on Duty (MOD's), we've decided that at this time we are not going to approach customers who do not have a mask on. We are going in this direction due to safety concerns for our staff and member-owners. If you are uncomfortable waiting on someone without a mask, politely let them know you are going to get someone else to help them. If you are uncomfortable on the sales floor around unmasked individuals, please feel free to step off of the sales floor and return when the unmasked person has moved away from where you are investing time.
 
We appreciate each and every one of you—your contribution, energy, and voice. We hope you will stay engaged and involved in HWFC, both now and far into the future.
 
In gratitude,
 
Yevette Buddeau, Erin Martin, Alex Mytelka, Stephanie Pidgeon & Stephen Quickenton 

 

November 30, 2021

Dear Member-Owners,
 
We were notified of a positive COVID-19 test result. We are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive. We can share that they last worked on Wednesday, 11/24, from 8am-12pm on the Front End. They notified us of their positive test today, Tuesday, 11/30.
 
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual along with you all, and our greater community. The Department of Health has been notified and will be directly reaching out to those employees, member-owners and others who may have been within close contact with the individual. This information is coming directly from the Co-op's schedule and the staff member who tested positive.
 
In the spirit of transparency, going forward all positive COVID cases in the Co-op will be made publicly available on the COVID page on our website at https://www.honestweight.coop/page/hwfc-news-287/news/maintaining-a-healthy-co-op-together-137.html. We will also continue to inform the staff and the Member-Owners who were in the building during the same period of time as the staff who tested positive.
 
I want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps we have taken every day to reduce risk at the Co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe.
 
Member-Owners may contact Yevette at MemberServices@honestweight.coop with any specific questions or concerns. We will continue to share any relevant information that we are able to while respecting the privacy of staff and Member-Owners who test positive for Covid.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829.
 
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health.
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau

 

November 24, 2021

Hello Member-Owners,
 
We were notified of two positive COVID-19 test results and want to make sure that you are aware since you were also at the Co-op investing time last week. 
 
We are not able to disclose the names of the individual who tested positive. We can share that one individual last worked Wednesday, 11/17, Friday 11/19, and Saturday 11/20, in the grocery department. They notified us of their positive test on Tuesday, 11/23.
The second individual last worked Sunday, 11/21, in the bulk department, and notified us of their positive test on Tuesday, 11/23.
 
 
Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual along with you all, and our greater community. The Department of Health has been notified and will be directly reaching out to those employees, member-owners and others who may have been within close contact with the individual. This information is coming directly from the Co-op's schedule and the staff member who tested positive.
 
In the spirit of transparency, going forward all positive COVID cases in the Co-op will be made publicly available on the COVID page on our website at https://www.honestweight.coop/page/hwfc-news-287/news/maintaining-a-healthy-co-op-together-137.html. We will also continue to inform the staff and the Member-Owners who were in the building during the same period of time as the staff who tested positive.
 
I want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps we have taken every day to reduce risk at the Co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe.
 
Member-Owners may contact Yevette at MemberServices@honestweight.coop with any specific questions or concerns. We will continue to share any relevant information that we are able to while respecting the privacy of staff and Member-Owners who test positive for Covid.
 
All individuals 5 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine. You can make an appointment online at https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/, or by phone at 1-833-697-4829.
 
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health.
Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau

 

October 26, 2021

Good Afternoon Member-Owners,
 
We were notified of a positive COVID-19 test result and want to make sure that you are aware since you were also at the Co-op investing time last week.  
 
We are not able to disclose the name of the individual who tested positive, but we can share that the person last worked Friday, October 22nd in the Grocery department. They notified us of their positive test late on Sunday evening, October 24th. 

Our primary concern right now is the wellness of the affected individual along with you all, and our greater community. The Department of Health has been notified and will be directly reaching out to those employees, member-owners and others who may have been within close contact with the individual. This information is coming directly from the Co-op's schedule and the staff member who tested positive.
 
In the spirit of transparency, going forward all positive COVID  cases in the Co-op will be made publicly available on the COVID page on our website at  https://www.honestweight.coop/page/hwfc-news-287/news/maintaining-a-healthy-co-op-together-137.html. We will also continue to inform the staff and the Member-Owners who were in the building during the same period of time as the staff who tested positive.

I want to thank you all once again for the proactive and precautionary steps we have taken every day to reduce risk at the Co-op. Your work and your actions are helping keep people safe.



Please contact Member Services with any specific questions or concerns. We will continue to share any relevant information that we are able to while respecting the privacy of staff and Member-Owners who test positive for Covid.
 
All individuals 12 years of age and older that reside in the United States are eligible to receive the vaccine.  You can make an appointment online at  https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ , or by phone at 1-833-697-4829.
 
This is not mandatory, but is encouraged in the interest of public health.

Sincerely,
Yevette Buddeau

 

October 1, 2021

Dear Owners,

Yesterday we received word of a positive COVID case in the Administration Department. The individual last worked at the Co-op on Wednesday, September 29th.

You may have received management's letter to staff that went out yesterday. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

While HWFC currently does not require customers to wear masks, we hope you will do so when you shop to help keep our staff safe.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,
HWFC Board of Directors

September 27, 2021

Dear Owners,

Today we received word of a positive COVID case in the Housekeeping Department. The individual last worked at the Co-op on Saturday, September 18th.

You may have received management's letter to staff that went out earlier today. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

While HWFC currently does not require customers to wear masks, we hope you will do so when you shop to help keep our staff safe.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,
HWFC Board of Directors

 

September 16, 2021

Dear Owners,

Yesterday we received word of a positive COVID case in the Food Service Department. The individual last worked at the Co-op on Friday, September 10th.

You may have received management's letter to staff that went out yesterday. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

While HWFC currently does not require customers to wear masks, we hope you will do so when you shop to help keep our staff safe.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,
HWFC Board of Directors

 

September 1, 2021

Dear Owners,

We just received word of a positive COVID case in the Administration Department. 

You may have received management's letter to staff that went out earlier today. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

While HWFC currently does not require customers to wear masks, we hope you will do so when you shop to help keep our staff safe.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors

August 31, 2021

Dear Owners,

Over the past several months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.

Yesterday, we were informed that there was a positive COVID19 case in the Bakery Department. You may have received management's letter to staff that went out yesterday. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

HWFC is in communication with the Department of Health and continues to follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Bakery Employee was last at the Co-op on Wednesday, August 25th. They are recovering at home and will return to HWFC after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.

Please be assured that we are providing the Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to anyone who may have had close contact with the individual. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins from the Bakery. If you believe you know who this individual is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing them a speedy recovery.

The Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm.

We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors 

August 9, 2021

Dear Owners,
 
Over the past several months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.
 
Today, we were informed that there was a positive COVID19 case in the Produce Department as well as a positive COVID19 case in the Grocery Department. You may have received management's letter to staff that went out today. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.
 
HWFC is in communication with the Department of Health and continues to follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The Produce Employee was last at the Co-op on Thursday, August 5th. The Grocery Employee was last at the Monday, August 2nd. They are both recovering at home and will return to HWFC after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.
 
Please be assured that we are providing the Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to anyone who may have had close contact with these individuals. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins from the Produce and Grocery Departments. If you believe you know who these individuals are, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing them a speedy recovery.
 
The Department of Health assures us these positive test results do not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm.

 
We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community.
 
As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.
 
Be well,
HWFC Board of Directors

 
August 4, 2021

Good morning Member-Owners and Staff,

Many of us have been watching the recent events with the Delta variant of COVID-19, which has impacted both the country and our local community.

The CDC announced earlier this week that they strongly recommend that all persons, even those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, wear face coverings in indoor spaces/places throughout the Capital District. The turning point is the fact that if you are vaccinated it is rare but it is possible to get sick or carry and transmit the virus.

Effective Wednesday August 4th we will require all employees & Member-Owners to wear a mask while working or investing time on the clock at HWFC.

We are changing our signage to strongly recommend our customers wear face coverings as per the CDC and Albany County DOH.

Let me again thank you all for the great job you have done throughout this pandemic. The Co-op is grateful for each of you and your willingness to continue to work and invest time through all of the challenges that the pandemic poses. Your actions continue to keep people safe and keep people fed.

Cooperatively,

Rick Mausert & Board of Directors

 
July 2, 2021
 
Dear Owners,
 
In May, the CDC and NYS determined that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 were no longer required to wear face coverings in most public settings, including grocery stores. HWFC lifted our requirement that shoppers wear face coverings at that time, while employees and member-owners continued to wear masks while on the clock.
 
Consistent with current CDC guidelines, Management will lift HWFC's mask requirement for fully vaccinated employees and member-owners as of Monday, July 5.
 
Member-owners who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask while at HWFC. Of course, anyone may choose to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
 
We will not ask unmasked member-owners or staff for proof of vaccination. However, please be aware that a great deal of stress remains concerning COVID-19 and its variants. We ask that you respect the health of our employees and member-owners and wear a mask inside the Co-op if you are not vaccinated.
 
Please respect the privacy of everyone at the Co-op and refrain from asking about vaccination status. 
 
As always, we appreciate everything you have done to carry us through the past sixteen months. 
 
Be well,
HWFC BOD
 
May 22, 2021
 
Dear Owners,
 
The pandemic has presented us with many challenges since March 2020. We hope you and yours have fared well.
 
Thank you for adhering to HWFC's COVID rules throughout the past 15 months. Whether as a shopper or while investing time, everyone stepped up and donned masks as required. Your support was invaluable and allowed us to maintain a safe environment for all concerned.
 
This past week, the CDC announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face coverings in most public settings, including grocery stores. As of May 19th, New York State adopted the CDC guidance.
 
In accordance with CDC and NYS guidance, as of Wednesday, May 19th, the Co-op no longer requires face coverings for shoppers who are vaccinated.
 
Unvaccinated individuals, under both CDC and NYS guidance, must continue to wear face coverings in all public settings.
 
The Co-op will continue to require that all staff and owners investing time wear face coverings while on the clock.
 
The Co-op continues to encourage everyone on HWFC property to wear a face covering.
 
We hope you will continue to wear a mask while at HWFC, and look forward to seeing you in the aisles.
 
Be well,
HWFC Board of Directors

January 13, 2021

Dear Owners,

Over the past several months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.

Today, we were informed that there was a positive COVID19 case in the Produce Department. You may have received management's letter to staff that went out today. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

HWFC is in communication with the Department of Health and continues to follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This person was last at the Co-op on Friday, January 8th from 3:30am to 12:30pm. They are recovering at home and will return to HWFC after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.

Please be assured that we are providing the Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to anyone who may have had close contact with this person. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins from the Produce Department. If you believe you know who this person is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing this person a speedy recovery.

The Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm.

Honest Weight will continue its current hours, 8am-9pm daily with Early Bird Shopping beginning at 7am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors

 
January 11, 2021
 
Dear Owners,
 
Over the past several months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.
 
Today, we were informed that there was a positive COVID19 case on the Front End. You may have received management's letter to staff that went out today. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.
 
HWFC is in communication with the Department of Health and continues to follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This person was last at the Co-op on Monday, January 4th from 12:53pm to 9:19pm and wore a mask. They were not symptomatic until three days after their last shift. They are recovering at home and will return to HWFC after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.
 
Please be assured that we are providing the Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to anyone who may have had close contact with this person. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins from the Front End. If you believe you know who this person is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing this person a speedy recovery.
 
The Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm.
 
Honest Weight will continue its current hours, 8am-9pm daily with Early Bird Shopping beginning at 7am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
 
We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community.
 
As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.
 
Be well,
HWFC Board of Directors

 

January 6, 2021

Dear Owners,

Over the past several months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.

Yesterday, we were informed that there was a single positive COVID19 case in the Grocery and Housekeeping Departments. You may have received management's letter to staff that went out yesterday. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

HWFC is in communication with the Department of Health and continues to follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This person was last at the Co-op on Monday, December 28th starting at approximately 10am and wore a mask. They are recovering at home and will return to HWFC after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.

Please be assured that we are providing the Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to anyone who may have had close contact with this person. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins and from the Grocery and Housekeeping Departments. If you believe you know who this person is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing this person a speedy recovery.

The Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm.

Honest Weight will continue its current hours, 8am-9pm daily with Early Bird Shopping beginning at 7am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors

 
December 7, 2020
 
 
Dear Owners,
 
Over the past several months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.
 
Yesterday, we were informed that there was a positive COVID19 case on the Front End. You may have received management's letter to staff that went out yesterday. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.
 
HWFC is in communication with the Department of Health and continues to follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This person was last as the Co-op on the Front End for 45 minutes on Sunday, November 29, starting at approximately 10am and wore a mask. They are recovering at home and will return to HWFC after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.
 
Please be assured that we are providing the Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to anyone who may have had close contact with this person. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins and from the Front End. If you believe you know who this person is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing this person a speedy recovery.
 
The Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm.
 
Honest Weight will continue its current hours, 8am-9pm daily with Early Bird Shopping on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
 
We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community.
 
As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.
 
Be well,
HWFC Board of Directors

 

November 15, 2020

Dear Owners,

Over the past several months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.

Today, we were informed that there was a positive COVID19 case in the Meat Department. You may have received management's letter to staff that went out yesterday. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

HWFC is in communication with the Department of Health and continues to follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This person was in the Meat Department on Tuesday, November 10th and wore a mask. They are recovering at home and will return to HWFC after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.

Please be assured that we are providing the Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to anyone who may have had close contact with this person. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins and from the Meat Department. If you believe you know who this person is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing this person a speedy recovery.

The Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm.

Honest Weight will continue its current hours, 8am-9pm daily with Early Bird Shopping on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors

November 1, 2020

Dear Owners,

Over the past several months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.

Today, we were informed that an HWFC staff member tested positive for COVID19. You may have received management's letter to staff that went out earlier today. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

HWFC is in communication with the Montgomery County Department of Health and continues to follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The staff member last worked at Honest Weight on Friday, October 30th. The staff member works in admin and spent very little time on the sales floor, and wore a mask while working. They are recovering at home and will return to work after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.

Please be assured that we are providing the Montgomery County Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to Member-Owners who may have had close contact with this staff member on during the week of October 26th. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins and from the affected employee. If you believe you know who this employee is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing this person a speedy recovery.

The Montgomery County Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm.

Honest Weight will continue its current hours, 8am-9pm daily with Early Bird Shopping on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community.

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors

 

October 2, 2020

Dear Owners,

Over the past six months, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.

Today, we were informed that an HWFC staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus -- you may have received management's letter that went out earlier today. The Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news.

HWFC is in communication with the Albany County Department of Health and is following all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The staff member last worked at Honest Weight on Tuesday, September 29th. The staff member works in admin and spent very little time on the sales floor. They are recovering at home and will return to work after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.

Please be assured that we are providing the Albany County Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to Member-Owners who may have had close contact with this staff member on Monday, September 28th or Tuesday, September 29th. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins and from the affected employee. If you believe you know who this employee is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy. We are sure you join us in wishing this person a speedy recovery.

The Albany County Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm. 

Honest Weight will continue its current hours, 8am-9pm daily with Early Bird Shopping on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community. 

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors

 
May 12, 2020

Dear Owners,

Over the past month and a half, Honest Weight has implemented numerous measures to maintain a co-op that is as safe as possible for our membership, staff, and customers. Our efforts have been very successful thanks to great care and diligence among all constituents of our community.

Late yesterday, we were informed that an HWFC staff member tested positive for the novel coronavirus -- you may have received management's letter that went out earlier today. At any rate, the Board of Directors wanted to be sure you received this news; hence, our email.

HWFC is in communication with the Albany County Department of Health and is following all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The staff member last worked at Honest Weight on Wednesday, May 6th. They are recovering at home and will return to work after the required period of time has passed per Department of Health guidelines.

Please be assured that we are providing the Albany County Department of Health with any information necessary for their investigation. The Department of Health will be directly reaching out to Member-Owners who may have had close contact with this staff member on Tuesday, May 5th and/or Wednesday, May 6th. This information will be determined based on time investment sign-ins and from the affected employee. If you believe you know who this employee is, we ask that you do your best to respect their privacy.

The Albany County Department of Health assures us this positive test result does not make Honest Weight a higher risk environment than other public spaces. In fact, many of the health measures in place at Honest Weight go above and beyond the norm. 

Please go to the HWFC website for up-to-date information.

Honest Weight will continue its current hours, 8am-8pm daily with Early Bird Shopping on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

We take pride in our cleanliness and food safety standards, and we continue to review and adapt our standards to best serve all the members of our community. 

As always, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors

May 7, 2020
 
Dear Owners of Honest Weight,
 
We hope you are well. 
 
As we all navigate through these COVID-19 weeks and months, the Board’s efforts remain focused on being both proactive and responsive to HWFC’s ongoing needs and to our Membership.
 
At our May 5 Board meeting, we made the following decisions which are in place until our June 2 Board meeting at which time each policy will be renewed or concluded:
 
  1. M-O Time Investment Incentive: MOs investing time on the floor and in admin will continue to receive double hours;

  2. M-Os 70+: We continue to encourage MOs who are 70+ years of age, or those who have compromised immunity, to consider your situation carefully before resuming a time investment; Several risk-reduction measures have been implemented at the Co-op (review them here); if you feel these measures are sufficient to meet your needs and want to invest time, please check in with your department or with Yevette at memberservices@honesweight.coop

  3. Hours Bank: The Hours Bank continues to be available to supplement accrued hours of those who have consistently invested time at HWFC; 

  4. Hours Bank Donations: If you have extra hours, please consider donating some of them! Donate by contacting Yevette at memberservices@honesweight.coop;

  5. Committees, Bylaws Panel, the GRC, and the Board will not meet on site for the next month; governance bodies will continue to meet online, by conference call, and/or will conduct business by email;

  6. May Membership Meeting: We will be running a “practice” alternate Membership Meeting on May 31st – look for upcoming detailed information – we need your participation!

  7. June Membership Meeting: Member-Owners with up-to-date time investments and ownership payments at any point from the end of March through June 1st will be eligible to vote at the June meeting.
 
Please continue to email us with your questions, concerns and suggestions. We appreciate your input and your support.
 
Be well,
HWFC Board of Directors
 
April 10, 2020

Dear Owners of Honest Weight,

We’ve heard from a number of you regarding the use of masks.  The CDC has also recently recommended wearing masks in public, as many carriers are asymptomatic.  This does not take the place of social distancing, and, even with a mask, people are still encouraged to maintain their distance from each other.

As of Monday, April 13, HWFC will begin requiring all Member-Owners to wear masks during their time-investments in the store.  Working in tandem with management, all staff will be wearing masks while on the clock.

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, and wish to be tested, Monday, April 6, a drive-through testing site was opened at UAlbany https://www.albany.edu/covid-19/news/ualbany-supports-covid-19-testing-efforts

The NYS Health Department states that while cloth face coverings may prevent the wearer from becoming infected it can also help slow the spread from people who may be unaware they have the virus.

The CDC states here and here that:

  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they must go out in public, for example to the grocery store.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • Do NOT use a face mask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • Cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. 

A few important reminders:

  • If you feel sick, please stay home.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Please be kind and have patience -- this is uncharted territory for everyone, and we’re all in this together.

Cooperatively,

HWFC Board of Directors

 
April 6, 2020
Hello Member-Owners,
 
First and foremost, we send our hopes that every single one of you and your loved ones are safe and well. At Honest Weight, we remain committed to serving the needs of the community while staying safe and healthy.
 
We are announcing a grassroots effort to offer curbside pick up for people who need it. While anyone can call and ask for a curbside pick-up, we are advertising this service exclusively to Member-Owners-- You guys get first priority! This has developed organically, with a couple orders and a couple staff picking up the groceries and taking payment over the phone. Now we would like to extend the offer to see if we can help more people who depend on us for their necessities. We're all in this together, after all!
 
Here are some details to help you use the curbside pick-up:
 
  • You may call the Customer Service Desk, at 518-482-2667, between 8 AM and 8 PM, and ask for curbside pick-up. The staff who answer the phone will take your name and phone number to add to the waiting list.

 

  • Your curbside shopper (one of us trusty co-opers) will call you back when we have the capability to shop for your order.
 
  • Your curbside shopper will take your order of 25 items or fewer, either via phone or email. If email works for you then you may discuss emailing your list to the shopper when they call you.
 
  • You and your shopper will work out the pick-up time and payment details for your order. An important note for this: We do not have a way to hold your order at the store, you will need to pick up your order at the agreed upon time.
 
  • Groceries will be paid for at the time of pick-up.
 
While this is not a service we are normally able to offer, we hope to be able to continue this service throughout these challenging times. We appreciate our staff, member-owners, owners and customers and we welcome feedback about our efforts in this rapidly changing environment.
 
Hang in there HWFC and everyone!
 
Stay healthy and safe,
HWFC Board of Directors
 

March 30, 2020

Dear Owners of Honest Weight,

Some of you may be wondering why the Board has decided to continue to allow Member-Owner (MO) time investments at this time.

Our primary goal is to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on the entire HWFC community.

HWFC's standard operating procedure includes the use of Member-Owner time investments. Several departments have communicated to the Board their reliance on both staff and Member-Owners during this pandemic. As an essential business, we would not be acting in the best interests of the Co-op or the public by barring MOs from investing time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, our CFO has repeatedly stated that HWFC cannot thrive financially without time investments by MOs. COVID-19 has not changed this fact.

HWFC's recent policy adaptations allowing staff paid coverage and MOs to augment hours by accessing the Hours Bank during the pandemic promote self-care and reduced in-store personal contact. We have established early-bird shopping three days a week to increase social distancing for vulnerable shoppers. Staff and MOs benefit from this reduced shopper-density as well. We have also encouraged MOs who are 70 years of age or older or who have compromised immune systems to refrain from investing time during the pandemic. Many of these MOs have suspended their time investments.

We encourage anyone, staff or MO, who is uncomfortable working or investing time for any reason during this pandemic to talk to a supervisor or to the Member-Owner Coordinator to review the supports that management and the Board have implemented and which are available to staff and MOs during this very challenging time.

We continually review and are open to revising our policies as needed. We appreciate hearing your perspective. 

We wish you good health.

Sincerely,

HWFC Board of Directors

March 24, 2020

Dear Owners of Honest Weight,
 
We hope all is well with you.
 
The HWFC Board of Directors has made decisions regarding our time investment program and other important matters related to the ongoing challenges presented by COVID-19. Please see the items listed below. 
 
As we mentioned in our prior email, if you are healthy and willing to invest time, please fulfill your usual time investment and consider adding shifts to compensate for those who are sick or uncomfortable about investing their time. We encourage you to donate hours to the Hours Bank if you can afford to do so. Please contact Yevette Buddeau (MOC) at memberservices@honestweight.coop to donate hours.
 
1. M-O Time Investment incentive: MOs investing time on the floor and in admin will receive double hours starting retroactively from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020.
 
2. M-Os 70+: We strongly urge MOs who are 70 years of age or more to refrain from investing time. Please consider applying to the Hours Bank.
 
3. Classes/Outreach: The policy of crediting scheduled hours for teacher/practitioner/outreach cancellation by HWFC will continue through the end of April. Long-term, we may need to develop a new system for classes that looks nothing like the current system.
 
4. New Owner Orientations: will be suspended until at least the end of April
 
5. Committee meetings: on-site meetings remain suspended through at least the end of April; members may choose to organize a web-based meeting, conference call, or to conduct business by email
 
6. Regular Membership Meetings: The April and May RMM dates will be delayed by a month, changed as follows:
a. The Annual Membership Meeting, where elections for Directors will take place, will be moved to May 31, 2020.
b. The Annual Budget Meeting will be held June 28, 2020.
 
7. Voting Eligibility: An owner shall have met the time-investment requirement to be eligible to vote at the 2020 Annual Membership Meeting, where voting for Directors will occur, if they meet one of the following conditions:
a. Owner had sufficient hours at the end of March, and would have been eligible to vote in April 2020.
b. Owner attains sufficient hours by the end of the month prior to the next RMM (BL 240.2).
 
8. April Board Meeting: The Board is looking into holding the April Board meeting at the Co-op as usual, but is also exploring an electronic method in order to reduce population density for the April Board meeting. We are committed to doing all that we can to hold our April Board meeting. We will be in touch with you by the 31st to articulate our plan.
This meeting will likely allow for people to “call in” to participate. Any person who would normally be required to attend a Board meeting may attend the Board meeting through this alternate means.
 
9. Hours Bank: If you plan to request hours to augment your banked time for March, please do so before March 31. The Hours Bank will be available to supplement accrued hours of those who have consistently invested time at HWFC to complete the total number needed in April for the May discount and for voting eligibility. If you have an excess of hours needed for May’s discount and voter eligibility, you will not be eligible to use the Hours Bank in April. 
 
Be well,
 
HWFC Board of Directors

March 13, 2020

Dear Owners of Honest Weight,

We have moved into increasingly difficult territory over the past couple of weeks.  COVID-19 cases began to appear in the U.S. and, seemingly overnight, into the Capital Region.

Perhaps you have read the HWFC Fresh News blog post describing our management’s response to this new and challenging situation. The Fresh News post provides important news and updates about HWFC’s actions to curb the spread of COVID-19 while still providing access to the food and products we all rely upon. We hope you will check the Fresh News page on a regular basis.

In addition, we know that many of you invest time in the store and are wondering whether you should continue to do so. Some of you feel it’s best not to fulfill your time investment during this uncertain period. We understand your trepidation. 

If you feel the need to cancel your shift, please do so with as much advance notice as possible so HWFC can do our best to cover our business needs as we continue to support our community. 

We want to share with you the decisions we’ve made concerning our time investment program and COVID-19. Conceivably, we may have to revise or extend some of these policies, but the following will be in effect at least through the end of March:

  • If you are healthy and willing to invest time, please fulfill your usual time investment and consider adding shifts to compensate for those who are sick or uncomfortable about doing so;
  • If your usual time investment is unavailable and you wish to invest time, contact Yevette Buddeau, Member-Owner Coordinator (MOC) at memberservices@honestweight.coop to inquire about completing hours elsewhere;
  • If you feel you may be getting sick, are sick, or are in a high-risk category, do not invest time;
    • Please go to this CDC webpage to help you decide whether to fulfill your time investment this month;
    • Yevette Buddeau (MOC) or, in her absence, the Manager On Duty, or a department manager will send home any Member-Owner who exhibits signs of illness;
  • The Hours Bank will be available to supplement accrued hours of those who have consistently invested time at HWFC and have completed some of their March time investment to complete the total number needed for the April discount and for voting eligibility;
  • If you have an excess of hours needed for next month’s discount and voter eligibility, you will not be eligible to use the Hours Bank this month;
  • We encourage you to donate hours to the Hours Bank if you can afford to do so. Please contact  Yevette Buddeau (MOC) at memberservices@honestweight.coop to donate hours;
  • Committees, Bylaws Panel, and the GRC will not meet on site; members may choose to organize a web-based meeting, conference call, or to conduct business by email;
  • Orientations for new owners will be suspended for the rest of March; 
  • We will update these policies as needed on this HWFC webpage; or, wait for our next email.

At this demanding time, we especially wish to acknowledge the vital contribution provided by our dedicated and talented staff, without whom we would not meet the needs of our community. 

HWFC plans to remain open throughout this pandemic. We take our mission and statements of conscience to heart and strive to meet the needs of our community every day no matter what circumstances impinge upon us. Together, we will get through this.

Be well,

HWFC Board of Directors