Metro and Loblaws employees test positive for COVID-19

Nov 16 2020, 9:43 am

More Toronto area grocery stores have reported positive COVID-19 cases among staff as Ontario continues to see a high number of cases.

Several Loblaw’s locations across Toronto and the GTA reported positive cases over the past weekend.

On November 14, an employee at Sam & Nancy’s No Frills at 25 Photography Drive reported testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. The last day they worked was on November 10.

On November 15, an employee at Andrew & Shelley’s No Frills at 900 Dufferin Street reported testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. The last day they worked was on November 7.

On Monday morning, Loblaws reported four separate cases of COVID-19 across Toronto.

On November 16, an employee at Francois’ No Frills at 360 McLevin Avenue in Scarborough tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. The last day they worked was on November 13.

That same day, an employee at a Loblaws located at 585 Queen Street West also reported testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. The last day they worked was on November 10.

Ali’s No Frills at 1880 Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough also reported an employee testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. The last day they worked was on November 13.

Joseph’s No Frills at 4473 Kingston Road in Scarborough also had an employee test positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. The last day they worked was on November 10.

Metro also reported four cases across the GTA in the last few days.

On November 11, an employee at a Food Basics location at 5085 Sheppard Avenue East in Scarborough tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on November 7.

On November 13, an employee at a Food Basics at 1070 Pape Avenue tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on November 9.

That same day, an employee at a Food Basics at 1571 Sandhurst Circle in Scarborough tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on November 8.

In the city’s west end, an employee at the Distribution Centre located at 5559 Dundas Street West in Etobicoke tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on November 12.

Another grocer, Sobeys, also reported a case at a FreshCo in Thornhill at 800 Steeles Avenue West. The employee tested positive for COVID-19 on November 14 and had last worked on November 8.

Over the past week, more than 20 store locations have reported cases of the virus across the region.

Metro has also previously shared multiple cases of coronavirus at locations including Parkway Mall, West 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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