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Superstore, Your Independent Grocer employees test positive for COVID-19

Three employees at two locations in Metro Vancouver have been added to the growing list of virus infections for Loblaw-owned stores in B.C.
Inside a Real Canadian Superstore in Metro Vancouver. Parent company Loblaw has announced more employee test-positive cases at chains they operate in B.C., including Superstore and Your Independent Grocer locations. File photo

The parent company of Real Canadian Superstore and Your Independent Grocer announced Monday more test-positive COVID cases for workers at stores located in Metro Vancouver.

Loblaw Companies Ltd. indicated three team members at two stores have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The affected store locations and dates are as follows: 

  • Real Canadian Superstore, 8195 120th Street, Delta. The last day the team member worked was on November 4.    
  • Your Independent Grocer, 1255 Davie Street, Vancouver. The last day the two team members worked were on October 27 and October 31.    

Neither location is considered a public exposure site by Fraser Health or Vancouver Coastal Health.

Over the weekend, Loblaw added several other test-positive employee cases to their list of stores operating in British Columbia, in particular in the Lower Mainland. Those cases affect team members at Shoppers Drug Mart, No Frills, and Loblaws City Market stores located across the region from Abbotsford to North Vancouver. 

Mandatory mask policy in stores

"In all of our stores, we encourage our colleagues and employees to wear masks, particularly where physical distancing is not always possible," says Loblaw. In fact, at their T&T Supermarket, Real Canadian Superstore, and No Frills stores, the company has mandated that staff and customers wear masks.

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.

When there are employee virus cases, Loblaw notes: “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."