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Burnaby Whole Foods worker ‘really scared’ by store’s positive COVID-19 case

At least one co-worker is feeling nervous due to what they call a lack of details provided to staff by management
Photo via Whole Foods Market Inc.

A worker at the Whole Foods store in Burnaby’s Brentwood area has tested positive for COVID-19.

The news has left at least one co-worker feeling nervous due to what they called a lack of details provided to staff by management.

A Burnaby Whole Foods employee contacted the NOW about their co-worker’s positive test and their concerns that staff weren’t told more.

“The leadership told everyone in the store that they won’t say who has it or which department they are in,” said the employee, whose name has been withheld by the NOW due to concerns about being disciplined for speaking up. “All the team members are really scared.”

The employee who contacted the NOW says they are now afraid to go back to work.

When contacted by the NOW , Whole Foods confirmed via email that a “Team Member in our Burnaby store has been diagnosed with COVID-19,” adding that the company wasn’t going to share more details “out of respect for the privacy of our Team Members,” including the date of the positive test.

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If you are going to shop at Whole Foods in Burnaby, you'll need to mask up. Getty Images

The company did issue a statement.

“The safety of our Team Members and customers is our top priority and we are diligently following all guidance from local health and food safety authorities,” said Whole Foods. “We’ve been working closely with our store Team Members, and are supporting the diagnosed Team Member, who is in quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution, the store has performed a professional deep cleaning and disinfection, on top of our current enhanced sanitation measures. All Whole Foods Market stores continue to operate under social distancing and crowd control measures. Additionally, we have installed Plexiglass barriers at check out, are requiring temperature checks and face masks for anyone working in our stores, and have implemented enhanced daily cleanliness and disinfection protocols in all of our stores.”

Whole Foods stores in Canada do request that customers wear face coverings and it provides masks for any customer who does not have a face covering.

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