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Lottery plant workers learn fellow employee tested positive for COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020, 5:16 pm

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A supply worker at Scientific Games in Alpharetta, Georgia, where scratch-off lottery tickets are made has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a company statement issued Monday.

The company said the person who tested positive worked in the printing area but did not touch the lottery tickets. The person is an employee of a metro Atlanta supplier that provides materials to Scientific Games.

Located in a portion of Forsyth County that carries an Alpharetta mailing address, Scientific Games employs about 1,000 workers and produces a variety of lottery tickets for scratch-off instant games for the Georgia Lottery. 

According to Pat McHugh, executive vice president and lottery chief executive for Scientific Games, the plant follows virus safety guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

McHugh said the worker followed social distancing rules and though he did not touch lottery tickets, any that were in production have been quarantined and will be destroyed. 

The Georgia Lottery declined to comment on the news. 

Duties of the person who tested positive included exchanging barrels of ink.

"Our entire facility has been deep cleaned by a professional third-party service, including the forklifts and all machinery and tools utilized by the supplier's employee, as well as all common areas," said McHugh.

In normal production, lottery tickets are placed under dryers blowing at a temperature of 350 degrees, as well as an ultraviolet light, McHugh said.

Most employees have been working remotely, he added.

Marie Charles of Alpharetta said her son and daughter are working 12-hour shifts at the plant. She questioned whether social distancing guidelines were followed at the plant.

"My son works in the assembly line area where the tickets go after they are printed." Charles said. "Dozens of people that work there live in Hall, Forsyth and Gwinnett [counties]. What if the person had no symptoms and came in contact with people who are going to all of those areas?" 

Scientific Games human resources team and management have stayed in communication with employees about issues surrounding the virus outbreak, said McHugh. 

"Their safety and health and their families' safety and health comes first," he said. "They do not have to come to work."

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Posted: March 31, 2020, 7:28 pm - IP Logged

The most recent estimate of the spread of COVID-19 is about 6 million Americans so it's likely every business that remains open will be affected. Might be a good idea to avoid a fast food drive-thru too.

Oh and lottery related, use a self-service vending machine, use a play slip, and use a stylus pen or a Q-tip if you must push a button.

Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again

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    Posted: March 31, 2020, 7:45 pm - IP Logged

    I can hope for the best and pray that this worker is successful in his battle against COVID-19.  We are all in this together here in the U.S. and around the World.

    When will COVID-19 be finished?  A vaccine may protect all of us.

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      Posted: March 31, 2020, 8:34 pm - IP Logged

      The most recent estimate of the spread of COVID-19 is about 6 million Americans so it's likely every business that remains open will be affected. Might be a good idea to avoid a fast food drive-thru too.

      Oh and lottery related, use a self-service vending machine, use a play slip, and use a stylus pen or a Q-tip if you must push a button.

      " Might be a good idea to avoid a fast food drive-thru too."..The other stuff- Yeah!

      Here’s the good news: “The science around coronavirus continues to unfold, but there is currently no evidence that the disease is transmitted by food,” says Donald Schaffner, Ph.D., a distinguished professor in the department of food science at Rutgers University.

      That’s because it's a respiratory virus, passed primarily from person to person in droplets when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes. Though it’s possible to pick up the virus by touching a surface where the droplets have landed and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, that’s not the primary way it is thought to spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      The  CDC, the  Food and Drug Administration, the  Department of Agriculture, and the World Health Organization all say that food is not known to be a route of transmission of the virus.  

      Common Questions About Coronavirus and the Food You Eat

      We answer top questions about coronavirus and food safety

      March 30, 2020 ( Consumer Reports)
      *** How long can the new coronavirus linger on surfaces, anyway? The short answer is, we don't know. A new analysis found that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 72 hours. This study was originally published in the preprint database medRxiv on March 11,  and now a revised version was published March 17 in The New England Journal of Medicine
      LiveScience.

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      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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        Posted: March 31, 2020, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

        " Might be a good idea to avoid a fast food drive-thru too."..The other stuff- Yeah!

        Here’s the good news: “The science around coronavirus continues to unfold, but there is currently no evidence that the disease is transmitted by food,” says Donald Schaffner, Ph.D., a distinguished professor in the department of food science at Rutgers University.

        That’s because it's a respiratory virus, passed primarily from person to person in droplets when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes. Though it’s possible to pick up the virus by touching a surface where the droplets have landed and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, that’s not the primary way it is thought to spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

        The  CDC, the  Food and Drug Administration, the  Department of Agriculture, and the World Health Organization all say that food is not known to be a route of transmission of the virus.  

        Common Questions About Coronavirus and the Food You Eat

        We answer top questions about coronavirus and food safety

        March 30, 2020 ( Consumer Reports)
        *** How long can the new coronavirus linger on surfaces, anyway? The short answer is, we don't know. A new analysis found that the virus can remain viable in the air for up to 3 hours, on copper for up to 4 hours, on cardboard up to 24 hours and on plastic and stainless steel up to 72 hours. This study was originally published in the preprint database medRxiv on March 11,  and now a revised version was published March 17 in The New England Journal of Medicine
        LiveScience.

        I was thinking more about the people handling the food, but not much difference when they handled the food before the pandemic. 

        Good research!!

        Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again

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          We were required to undergo annual Fit testing (OSHA requirement) for our N95 or similar masks.   That test was brutal, took about 1/2 hour.   So seeing all these folks wearing them out and about am thinking they're not doing much good with all the leaks for non-tested individuals.   Thankfully not many kids required that you wear those masks.   I felt like I was suffocating.      NYC outsourced for employees in health care.   Oh it sounds so good; $7K/week, transportation to NYC and stay in a hotel.   Downside: Fourteen 12 hour shifts in a row...not to mention getting exposed to who knows what besides Covid-19 a patient may have.