More employees working at grocery stores in the Toronto area have tested positive for COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving long weekend, adding to the increase of reported cases in the city.
According to Loblaws Ltd., an employee at the Real Canadian Superstore located at 2549 Weston Road, has tested positive for the virus; reported on October 9. Their last shift was on October 1.
That same day a team member at a Loblaws, located at 3671 Dundas Street West, also tested positive for coronavirus. They last worked on October 4.
Carlo’s No Frills has also reported more positive cases after having more than four in the last few weeks. Two more team members have tested positive at the 1591 Wilson Avenue location, having last worked on October 3 and 6.
On October 11, a team member at Qais’ No Frills, 9920 Airport Road in Brampton, tested positive for COVID-19. The last day the employee had worked was on October 3.
That same day, an employee at a Fortinos located at 35 Worthington Avenue in Brampton, also tested positive having last worked on October 3.
The next day on October 12, Ashley’s No Frills at 7070 Mclaughlin Road in Mississauga also reported a positive case. The employee last worked on October 3.
On October 13, a Fortinos location at 330 Queen’s Plate Drive, reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on October 3.
The grocer Sobeys has also reported a COVID-19 case at one of their locations near Toronto over the weekend.
An employee at the Sobeys located at 511 Maple Grove Drive in Oakville has tested positive, reported on October 10. The last day the employee worked was October 1.
A few days before the Thanksgiving weekend, Metro also reported several more employee-related cases on October 7 and 8.
The first reported case on October 7 was at a Food Basics location, 1571 Sandhurst Circle in Scarborough. An employee had tested positive for the virus however the last day they worked was July 23.
The next day, on October 8, a Metro location at 80 Front Street East, tested positive for the virus as well and had last worked on September 22.
On October 8, another employee at a different Metro location, 1230 Queen Street West, also tested positive. The last day they worked was September 30.
The mentioned stores are not the only grocers in the city that have been transparent with reporting active COVID-19 cases in stores last week.
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Metro has previously shared 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.