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Burnaby Safeway COVID-19 case part of Metro Vancouver store surge

Multiple Safeways are dealing with new coronavirus cases in Metro Vancouver
A Burnaby Safeway is dealing with a new COVID-19 case. Sobeys photo

A new case of COVID-19 connected to a worker at a Burnaby Safeway took weeks to report, according to an online notification by parent company Sobeys.

A worker at the Kensington Safeway in North Burnaby tested positive for coronavirus and last worked at the store on Dec. 28 but it wasn’t reported on the company’s case tracker until Sunday, Jan. 16.

The latest case is one of dozens at grocery and drug stores operating in Metro Vancouver.

The Safeway on Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam also had a worker test positive. They last worked on Jan. 8. Another worker at the Safeway on Davie Street in Vancouver also tested positive and last worked on Jan. 11.

Newly-announced cases also affect employees of stores owned and operated by Loblaw, with dozens going back to the start of January. Below are just the more recent ones.

Loblaw Companies Ltd, the parent company of the major retail chain Real Canadian Superstore provided updates to its COVID-19 employee case listings, indicating there have been new cases among staff at the following affected stores:

  • Real Canadian Superstore, 14650 104th Ave., Surrey: The last day the two team members each worked was on Dec. 27 and Jan. 1.
  • Michael’s NoFrills on 204 Street in Langley had two workers test positive and they both last worked on Jan. 8.
  • Real Canadian Superstore on Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack. The last day the employee worked was on Jan. 7.

Additionally, Loblaw owns and operates the Shoppers Drug Mart chain. On Jan. 10 the company indicated a new test-positive coronavirus case affecting a team member at its Richmond Centre store location. That employee last worked as recently as Jan. 7. The Shoppers on Fraser Highway in Surrey also had an employee test positive. They last worked on Jan. 10.

- With additional reporting by Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver is Awesome

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