Team members at several stores operated by Loblaw Inc in Metro Vancouver have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Loblaw Companies Ltd is the parent company of Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore, and Loblaws City Market provided updates to its COVID-19 employee case listings between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. The stores are located across the region, from Surrey to Whistler.
The affected store locations and dates are as follows:
- Shoppers Drug Mart, 8180 No 2 Road, Richmond: The last day the team member worked was on October 23.
- Real Canadian Superstore, 8195 Scott Road, Delta: The last day the team member worked was on October 25.
- Loblaws City Market, 1650 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver: The last day the team member worked was on October 24.
- Shoppers Drug Mart, 4295 Blackcomb Way, Whistler: The last day the team member worked was on October 28.
- Real Canadian Superstore, 2332 160th Street, Surrey: The last day the team member worked was on October 19.
The stores are not listed by either Fraser Health or Vancouver Coastal Health as public exposure locations.
Posting employee cases for transparency: Loblaw
Loblaw says they share updates about test-positive COVID cases in their stores in order to maintain transparency.
"In these cases, we work closely with public health and follow their guidance to ensure proper notification of close contacts and required cleaning and sanitization in our stores," notes the company.
"In all of our stores, we encourage our colleagues and employees to wear masks, particularly where physical distancing is not always possible," adds Loblaw.
“Whenever we have a positive case, we arrange for additional cleaning, and we work closely with the local public health unit to determine the appropriate next steps, including identifying and notifying close contacts. Anyone who meets that criteria from the store is asked to go home, self-isolate and monitor for symptoms.
“Generally, the risk to our customers remains low, due to the physical distancing and sanitization measures that have been in place in our stores for months. We post any positive cases on our website.”