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Clark County School District food service worker dies of COVID-19

The man was in his 50s with no underlying conditions
Posted at 5:12 PM, Apr 02, 2020

UPDATE APRIL 3: A union representative told 13 Action News that the employee who passed away was a man in his early 50s and did not have any underlying conditions.

That food distribution center continues to be closed with co-workers in quarantine.

The Clark County School District announced a member of its food service department at Desert Pines High School contracted COVID-19 and has passed away.

The worker was at the Desert Pines High School food distribution site and it will be closed until further notice, according to the district. The site will be deep cleaned with a reopening date announced at a later date.

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Those working at all food distribution sites, including Desert Pines High School have been utilizing gloves when distributing food.

Furthermore, food items distributed at all food distribution sites are pre-packaged at the food service central kitchen or individually wrapped from the manufacturer, according to CCSD. Food items are also not handled outside of their packaging by workers at the distribution sites.

The district said that all food distribution site kitchens have been and will continue to be cleaned and sanitized no less than three times per day.

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The Southern Nevada Health District has been consulted and has stated that there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spreading through food. It is recommended that individuals thoroughly wash their hands, but there is no reason to disinfect groceries.

The food service workers who were working at the now-closed Desert Pines High School food distribution location are not working at any other location and are being asked to monitor their health, according to CCSD.