Fortinos and Food Basics employees test positive for COVID-19

Dec 7 2020, 10:30 am

As the province reports more record-breaking numbers, Toronto and GTA grocery stores have also reported positive COVID-19 cases among staff over the past weekend.

Metro has recently updated its COVID-19 page listing cases reported early last week.

On December 2, an employee at Food Basics, 1571 Sandhurst Circle in Toronto, tested positive for the virus. They had last worked on November 27,

That same day, an employee at Metro College Park, 444 Yonge Street in Toronto, tested positive for coronavirus. They had last worked on November 24.

On December 3, a Food Basics employee, 2550 Hurontario Street in Mississauga, tested positive. The employee had last worked on November 27.

As for other grocers, Loblaws has updated its advisory page and lists affected stores throughout Toronto and the GTA. In 24 hours, seven of its grocery stores in the area reported cases.

On December 6, an employee at Fortinos, 700 Lawrence Avenue in North York, tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on November 29.

That same day, Durante’s No Frills 1 York Gate Boulevard reported that two employees have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19 and had last worked on November 23 and 30.

The next day, on December 7, an employee at John’s No Frills, 1150 Victoria Park Avenue in Scarborough tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on November 28.

In Vaughan, a Fortinos located at 3940 Highway 7, reported an employee testing positive on a presumptive test on December 7. The last day they had worked was on December 2.

At another location in Vaughan, a Fortinos at 8585 Highway 7, tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus on the same day. They had last worked on November 28.

In Etobicoke, two Fortinos employees tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. The employees at the 330 Queens Plate Drive location last worked on November 28.

Heading west, an employee at Peter’s No Frills in Mississauga tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. The employee at the 2150 Burnhamthorpe Road location had last worked on December 1.

Last week, 24 separate grocery stores reported positive cases across the GTA.

Metro has previously shared coronavirus cases at locations, including Parkway Mall, Queen West, Bloor and Spadina, College and Shaw, The Cold Chain Produce Distribution Centre, and more.

“We will always contact and follow the guidance of Public Health to ensure the safety of our teammates and customers whenever we are made aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in one of our food stores or distribution centres,” reads Metro’s website.

In an effort for transparency, Loblaws regularly updates their coronavirus cases in stores by province within the last 15 days, as well as Sobey’s within 14 days.

“In addition, we have mandated that our staff and customers wear masks in Extra Foods, Fortinos, Maxi, No Frills, Real Canadian Superstores, and T&T stores across Canada,” said Loblaws.

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