IKEA employee in Edmonton tests positive for coronavirus

Nov 5 2020, 7:59 pm

An IKEA employee at the Edmonton location has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement released by the store.

As per health and safety protocols, the location was immediately closed on November 4 when staff were made aware of the case. A deep-clean and sanitization procedure was taken on as a result.

The last day that the individual worked was on October 31.

Any employees who had been in contact with the individual who tested positive were identified and notified of their exposure, and have since self-quarantined in cooperation with local health policies.

“Following an enhanced cleaning and sanitization, we determined the IKEA Edmonton store is safe to reopen on Thursday, November 5, at 10 am. The safety of all IKEA co-workers and customers is our top priority, and we continue to take precautionary measures to reduce further risk of exposure, always following the guidelines of local authorities,” said the Edmonton IKEA in a statement.

According to the store, a credible third-party expert was brought in to provide a thorough evaluation of the building.

A biohazard team was also brought in to the store to clean and disinfect all touch points, fumigate all areas, and dispose of all waste in biohazard bags in the store to ensure that any potential traces of coronavirus have been removed, according to IKEA Edmonton.

The IKEA location has reopened as of this morning at 10 am, and curbside pickup is also up and running for customers who would prefer to not enter the store.

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