In this special edition of 5 Things, Food Management highlights five things you may have missed recently about developments regarding coronavirus and its impact on onsite dining.
Here’s your list for today:
- Vaccine distribution plan puts LAUSD’s April reopening in doubt
Plans to reopen schools for in-person learning on April 9 at Los Angeles USD, the nation’s second-largest public school district, were put into question as Los Angeles County officials unveiled their COVID vaccine distribution plan. To achieve that date, some 25,000 employees, including foodservice workers, would need their first of two doses by March 5, but the distribution formula—likely about 10,000 doses per week shared among LAUSD and other county education establishments including private schools, childcare centers and higher education institutions—falls short of providing the required number of doses in the necessary time window.
- Spike in COVID cases leads to dining limitations at University of Delaware
The University of Delaware (UD) saw an unprecedented spike of 300 students testing positive for COVID-19 in a week, a spike “directly linked to the behavior of students in campus dining halls, in off-campus housing and in local bars and restaurants, where too many people are gathering without following health protocols,” according to University President Dennis Assanis. In response, UD has limited dining halls to grab-and-go meals and restricted indoor gathering over meals
- Tech firm founder laments impact of work-from-home on company culture
Employees working from home “essentially become consultants” as in-person discussions in corporate cafeterias and at coffee machines are important in building relationships among staff and with the company, says Robert Shillman, founder and chairman of electronics manufacturing firm Cognex Corp., reflecting the concern many company executives have about the emerging remote work culture accelerated by the COVID pandemic. Currently, only about 20% to 30% of Cognex employees are showing up to work in the office while the rest work from home.
- Duke reopens to limited indoor seating in dining venues
Duke University is reopening its Brodhead Center, Bryan Center, Trinity Café and Marketplace dining venues to limited indoor seating for the first time since Oct. 30, when all on-campus indoor dining options were shut down due to a steadily rising rate of COVID cases. The newly reopened seating options are standing tables for one person only.
- Dining staff COVID exposure leads to district halting in-person classes
Illustrating the vulnerability of school systems to COVID infections among dining staff, Dadeville High School and Dadeville Elementary School in Alabama reverted to remote learning for a week after staff in their shared cafeteria were exposed to the virus and went into quarantine. The schools reopened for in-person learning after the quarantine period ended.
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