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Vancouver grocery and drug store workers among new COVID-19 cases across Lower Mainland

Stores with newly-infected workers are in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Delta, and Surrey.
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An employee at the Shoppers Drug Mart at 1202 W Pender St in Vancouver is among several retail workers in the Lower Mainland to have recently tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Several more staff members at Loblaw-owned grocery and drug stores in Metro Vancouver have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Loblaw Companies Ltd, the parent company of retail chains Shoppers Drug Mart, City Market, and Real Canadian Superstore provided updates to its COVID-19 employee case listings on Feb. 28 and March 1, indicating the following affected stores: 

  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 1202 West Pender St., Vancouver: The last day the team member worked was on Feb. 24.
  • Lonsdale City Market, 1650 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver: The last day the team member worked was on Feb. 21.
  • Real Canadian Superstore, 8195 - 120th Street, Delta: The last day the team member worked was on Feb. 23.
  • Real Canadian Superstore, 7550 King George Boulevard, Surrey: The last day the team member worked was on Feb. 19.

While T&T Supermarket is owned by Loblaw, the Canadian Asian grocery chain lists its COVID-19 cases separately on its own site

On Feb. 26, T&T's case tracker indicated a part-time employee who works at two Vancouver stores has tested positive for the virus:

  • Chinatown Store - 179 Keefer Place, Vancouver: Part-time store associate last worked Feb. 23.
  • Kingsway Store - 2206 Kingsway, Vancouver: Part-time store associate last worked Feb. 20.

None of the stores are considered coronavirus public exposure locations by either Vancouver Coastal Health or Fraser Health.

Loblaw joins Sobeys, Inc. (Safeway, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods) as one of a handful of major Canadian retailers that shares employee COVID-19 cases with the public. Outside the grocery and drug store sector, companies like McDonald's Canada and home improvement chain Lowe's Canada provide public listings.

In British Columbia, Lowe's Canada indicated on Feb. 22 that an associate at its RONA store at 21213 Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge had tested positive, and had last worked Feb. 19.