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Update: Nov. 13, 2020
On Nov. 13, The Food Depot learned that a staff member had a confirmed case of COVID-19. It is unknown when or how this individual contracted the virus. The staff member is receiving appropriate medical attention and quarantining in their home. The food bank’s proactive transmission prevention strategies have protected hunger relief efforts up to this point, and will continue to minimize exposure in the future. The Food Depot is managing exposure risk through the following strategies:
- The Food Depot has notified the NMED within the four hours of the confirmed case
- The Food Depot will sanitize all shared equipment and high-touch surfaces
- All potentially exposed volunteers have been notified
At this time, out of an abundance of caution, the building will remain closed until 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.
The Food Depot continues to prioritize the health and safety of its staff, volunteers, and the people served by the food bank. Every effort will be made to preserve food distributions as scheduled, providing that they can be handled safely. Please visit The Food Depot’s website and social media channels for updates to scheduled distributions.
The Food Depot has a long history of serving as a disaster relief organization and has a disaster plan in place. The focus of preparedness has been on wildfires, but The Food Depot has rapidly adapted. The food bank is positioned to serve its community and actively implementing alternative distribution strategies.
Read The Food Depot’s logistics on adapting to the COVID-19 situation here.
State of New Mexico hotlines:
• COVID-19 health-related questions: 855-600-3453
• All other issues including food security, childcare, and school: 833-551-0518
We advocate that community members build a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit. Learn how to build a kit here. In an emergency, you can best support your community when you are adequately prepared to care for yourself.
Read our statement why we are not accepting food donations at this time.