Major national grocery chains operating in B.C. have added several new employee coronavirus (COVID-19) cases to their online trackers, including from stores in and around Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
In several instances, the new cases reflect additional employees at stores with previously reported cases.
Loblaw Companies Ltd, the parent company of Real Canadian Superstore, No Frills, and other local chains, provided updates to its COVID-19 employee case listings on April 14 indicating cases at the following store locations in the Metro Vancouver region:
- Real Canadian Superstore, 350 S.E. Marine Drive, Vancouver: The last day the two team members worked was on April 3 and 7
- Real Canadian Superstore, 19800 Lougheed Hwy, Pitt Meadows: The last day the three team members worked was on April 2, 4 and 5
- Real Canadian Superstore, 2855 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford: The last day the team member worked was on April 8
Additionally, Loblaw reported April 14 that "multiple" store employees at its Superstore on Anderson Way in Vernon have been confirmed as infected with coronavirus, as well as cases from team members employed at Pealow's Your Independent Grocer in Creston, and Shoppers Drug Mart in Fort St. John.
While T&T Supermarket is owned by Loblaw, the Canadian Asian grocery chain lists its COVID-19 cases separately on its own site. However, since reporting cases affecting two part-time workers in West Vancouver and Surrey stores last week, the company has not had any new cases to report.
Sobeys, Inc, the parent company of Safeway, Thrifty Foods, and franchisor of discount grocery chain FreshCo, indicated on its case tracker that people working at three of its Metro Vancouver Safeway stores have tested positive for the virus. The affected stores are as follows:
- Safeway - 8860 – 152 Street, Surrey: The last day the employee worked was April 3
- Safeway - 1611 Davie Street, Vancouver: The last day the employee worked was April 10
- Safeway - 12825 16th Avenue, Surrey: The last day the employee worked was April 5
Elsewhere in British Columbia, Sobeys also reported a new store worker COVID case for its Thrifty Foods in Sidney on Vancouver Island.