A maskless woman who was caught on video coughing in a grocery store in Lincoln, Nebraska has been identified by Twitter users as Janene Hoskovec.
SAP, the company that Janene works for, said that they are investigating the incident with their employee following thousands of complaints from other people.
SAP responds after viral Twitter video
SAP, a software company with offices in multiple locations, has responded about the viral video in which their employee can be seen coughing in a grocery store in Nebraska without a face covering.
The company took to their Twitter account and wrote: “The health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we live and work are of utmost concern to us. We are taking the matter of an SAP employee incident very seriously and investigating the situation.”
The viral video came to the spotlight after social media user Jessabird shared her experience on Reddit on September 3rd, 2021, followed by the caption: “Anti-Mask Karen Deliberately Coughing on me at South 27th Super Saver.”
Jessabird, who was at a Super Saver store with her 13-year-old daughter, alleged that the woman approached them and asked them why they were wearing masks.
“Excuse me! I’m coming through. You guys are so cute,” the maskless woman can be heard saying in the video. “I have allergies. Maybe I have a medical issue. I don’t need to wear a mask”.
Super Saver and Lincoln Police Department are yet to issue a statement about the incident.
Who is Janene Hoskovec?
As reported by International Business Times, Janene works as a client partner at SAP’s office in Tempe, Arizona.
According to her LinkedIn profile, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the Arizona Summit Law School and has worked in technology sales for 20 years.
Her account states that she has worked for SAP for over three years and has served in similar technology roles at other companies.
In their report, IBT added that they have reached out to Lincoln Police Department to confirm if any charges have been filed against Janene.
What are the rules in Lincoln, Nebraska?
According to the website of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska, people are required to wear masks in indoor places because of a mask mandate in the area until September 30th, 2021.
“The delta variant has caused a large increase in community transmission of COVID-19 in Lancaster County. It is important for everyone to help slow the spread of the virus by wearing masks indoors,” a message says on Lincoln city’s website.
“In Lincoln and Lancaster County, all owners and operators of any building, business, or premises, other than a residence, shall require all individuals to wear a face mask while indoors. Everyone two years of age and older must wear a mask in these indoor settings, regardless of their vaccination status.
“If you are fully vaccinated, wearing a mask indoors gives you extra protection from getting infected. Fully vaccinated people are well protected from serious illness and death from COVID-19, including the delta variant. But we are seeing cases in vaccinated people, and they can infect others. This is why even if you are fully vaccinated, you are now required to wear a mask indoors. For masks to work properly, they need to completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face and around your nose. Your mask should be made with two or more layers of tightly woven, breathable material.”
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