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Grocery store workers in Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health test positive for COVID-19

New cases have been announced for people working at stores across the Lower Mainland.
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New confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have been announced for people working at major grocery stores across the Metro Vancouver, including at the Real Canadian Superstore at 4700 Kingsway (Metrotown) in Burnaby, BC. Photo: Google Maps

Workers at major grocery stores operating in Metro Vancouver have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

New confirmed virus cases have been announced for people working at stores across the region, including in Vancouver and North Vancouver in the Vancouver Coastal Health area and in Burnaby, Surrey, and Coquitlam in the Fraser Health area.

Loblaw Companies Ltd, the parent company of the No Frills and Real Canadian Superstore chains provided an update to its COVID-19 employee case listings on Nov. 27. 

In some cases, the reporting indicates that stores that had cases announced previously this week have now determined additional infections among employees.

The affected stores are as follows:

  • Real Canadian Superstore, 3000 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam: The last day the team member worked was on November 15.
  • Real Canadian Superstore, 4700 Kingsway (Metrotown), Burnaby: The last day the team member worked was on November 22.    
  • Deepu's No Frills, 12852 96th Ave, Surrey: The last day the two team members worked was on November 21. 
  • Real Canadian Superstore, 333 Seymour Blvd., North Vancouver: The last day the team member worked was on November 23.
  • Real Canadian Superstore, 2332 160th Street, Surrey: The last day the team member worked was on November 18.

Elsewhere in British Columbia, Loblaw reports a team member at the Superstore in Prince George (2155 Ferry Avenue) is infected. That employee last worked Nov. 18.

Sobeys, Inc, the parent company of Safeway, has indicated on its case tracker that an employee working at one of its stores in Vancouver has confirmed testing positive. 

The affected store is as follows:

  • Safeway, 2733 West Broadway, Vancouver: The last day the employee worked was November 21.

None of the store locations are considered public exposure sites by Vancouver Coastal Health or Fraser Health. 

Coronavirus cases on the rise in B.C.

On Thursday, Nov. 26, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced 887 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province. Sadly, there were 13 new deaths.

Henry urged British Columbians to continue to keep social encounters to a bare minimum in order to bend the curve again in our second wave of the virus.

“Exposures and transmission can happen anywhere. By paying attention to the places we go and the people we see, we can help contact tracers contain the further spread if that does occur," added Henry.