(WXYZ) — Kroger announced Tuesday it will provide free COVID-19 testing for frontline associates, based on symptoms and medical need.
The testing will begin this month.
Paired with additional safety measures, Kroger says it remains committed to protecting the health and well-being of its associates.
"At Kroger, the safety and health of our associates and customers remains our top priority during this unprecedented time," said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior vice president and chief people officer. "Our associates have worked tirelessly to provide communities continued access to fresh, affordable food. We are dedicated to providing support and gratitude to our associates across the country."
Tests will be a combination of self-administered kits and the company's public drive-thru testing sites.
Kroger Health's expansion to test more associates joins the COVID-19 testing the team has already been supporting in areas with high incident rates.
"The resilience of the Kroger family is unparalleled, and we're doing all we can to keep our team healthy and safe," said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. "The widespread availability of diagnostic testing will now allow our associates to feel more empowered and knowledgeable about their health, creating safer stores and facilities."
The company explained further safety measures below:
Kroger Continues Investment in Associates
In addition to testing for frontline associates, the following procedures and programs reflect Kroger's commitment to protecting the safety and well-being of its team.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Kroger has increased its investment in PPE to encourage a safer working environment. The company has supplied protective masks to all associates, enhanced daily sanitation practices, installed floor decals and plexiglass partitions at check lanes to promote physical distancing, reduced customer capacity limits, and taken several other steps.
- Competitive Total Rewards Packages - To support the mental and physical health of Kroger associates, the company continues to invest in benefits packages, which includes healthcare coverage and retirement benefits.
- Helping Hands Fund and Emergency Leave - The $5 million Helping Hands fund continues to provide financial assistance to associates who are facing personal hardship due to COVID-19, including lack of access to childcare. And through the company's Emergency Leave Guidelines, associates most directly affected by the virus or experiencing related symptoms are provided paid time off.
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