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Coos Head Food Co-Op

Updated 03/30/2020

Considering the current situation of our community being impacted by COVID-19, Coos Head Food Co-Op has developed etiquette guidelines for employees and shoppers to ensure proper precautionary measures are being taken during operating hours.

To ensure there is plenty for everyone, we have purchasing limits on certain products throughout the store. Due to the current state of events special orders may be delayed. At this time, we will not be taking any request for new products or bringing back old products, due to Coos Head Food Co-Op buyers keeping the shelves stocked for our shopping customers.

1. We will continue to clean and sanitize thoroughly by reinforcing protocol on all our sanitation efforts.

a. Upon entering the Co-Op, we ask that everyone utilizes the hand sanitizing station located at the front entrance and remember to wipe down shopping carts with wipes found at the entrance of the store as well.
b. Cashiers will continue to sanitize entrance doors, cooler door handles and conduct travel paths throughout the Co-Op sanitizing along the way.

2. Educating staff and community members on prevention provided by Coos Health and Wellness along with Center of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

a. Educating and staying in constant communication with Co-Op shoppers and community members with daily information regarding Coos Head Food Co-Op and COVID-19.
b. For updates please feel free to visit us on our social media plate forms:

i. Instagram: coosheadfoodcoop1971
ii. Facebook: Coos Head Food Co-Op
iii. Webpage: www.coosheadfood.coop

3. Maintaining strict handwashing guidelines:

a. Hand washing is easy, and it's one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another throughout an entire community - from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

i. Follow these five steps every time:

1. Wet your hands with clean running warm water, turn off tap and apply soup.
2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3. Scrub your hands for at lease 20 seconds a great way to make sure you are spending the allotted time for handwashing hum the "Happy Birthday" song twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
6. Dry your hands using a clean paper towel, be sure to use the paper towel turn water off if you are not using an automatic spout. 
7. Use paper towel to open restroom door and then discard paper towel. Being careful and not touching contaminated areas is an important part of properly washing your hands.

4. Ensuring that staff members adhere to sick leave policies and making sure if a staff member is feeling ill, they are requested to stay home.

5. Proper produce etiquette while shopping at Coos Head Food Co-Op:

a. When handling produce please use tongs in designated areas through out the produce department. We also have compostable gloves available for use as well.
b. While selecting produce, if you find yourself sorting through the different varieties in the produce department, we urge you to use our compostable gloves.

6. Coos Head Food Co-Op's Grab & Go Deli

a. The Grab & Go Deli has decided to discontinue all self-serve food items until further notice.  This includes all hot soup and coffee. Coffee is still available upon request. Prepackaged items are in the Grab & Go cooler are still available.
b. We still be having 8 and 16 oz cold soups in the Grab& Go Deli cooler for customers.
c. Coos Head Grab & Go Deli will now be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

7. Demonstrations:

a. All passive sampling has been suspended until further notice including new products, free fruit for kids in the produce department as well as prepared foods in the Grab & Go Deli.

8. Senior Shop Days:

a. Elderly and at-risk shoppers are encouraged to shop on our Senior Shop days on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8am and 9am when the store is less crowded, and it is easier to maintain distances from staff and other shoppers.

9. Bulk Shopping Etiquette:

a. We also are asking that every reusable container be sanitized be properly sanitized when bringing them into Coos Head Food Co-Op

10. Bottle Deposits:

a. At this moment Coos Head Food Co-Op will not be accepting any deposits on bottles including glass milk jugs.

11. Bay Area Hospital Donation Site Press Release:

a. We want to thank the community again for the continued support of our request for homemade face masks! Yesterday we provided two updated patterns that we prefer to our original pattern provided, and those updated patterns can be found in our post from 3/24/2020, or on our website at: http://www.bayareahospital.org/covid-19.aspx.
b. Along with this ask for face masks, we will now also be accepting homemade isolation gowns. This is a larger pattern, and we have provided the pattern on our website as well (http://www.bayareahospital.org/covid-19.aspx) for community members to access.
c. The following are the supplies needed: 2.75-3.25 yards of 100% cotton (42 inches wide), 1 yard of grosgrain ribbon or twill tape cut into four 9" pieces for the ties, 4 pieces at 1"x12" of lightweight fusible interfacing, 6 pieces at 2" each of Velcro, and 2 at 3/4-1" buttons. The information posted on our website includes the full pattern, directions, instructions, and other information. We will do our best to answer questions and provide clarification as needed regarding the design.
d. Donations of these handmade gowns along with face masks can be brought to Bay Area Hospital's screening stations at the main entrance or the entrance to the Emergency Room between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Donations of the face masks and gowns are also being collected at the Coos Head Co-Op located at 353 S. 2nd Avenue in Coos Bay.

If you have any questions for Coos Head Food Co-Op, or if there are further steps we can take to help you feel comfortable as a Co-Op shopper, please reach out via email to: office@coosheadfoodcoop.org

We want to ensure our community that we are doing everything possible to make sure you have a safe grocery shopping experience.