Almost 200 Toronto area grocery store employees test positive for COVID-19

Apr 30 2021, 1:08 pm

Ontario has seen record-breaking COVID-19 numbers in the last few weeks, and Toronto area grocery stores are starting to see the same.

More than 170 COVID-19 cases were reported in major grocery stores from employees across the region in the last 10 days.

Loblaws has reported more than 116 employee COVID-19 cases in 63 of its grocery chains since April 20:

  • April 25
    • Four employees at Fortinos, 3940 Highway 7 in Vaughan, were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on April 13, 16, 19 and 22.
    • Four employees at Fortinos, 60 Quarry Edge in Brampton, were reported to have tested positive for the virus and had last worked on April 13, 15 and 20.
  • April 27
    • Five employees from John’s No Frills East York, 1150 Victoria Park Avenue in Scarborough, were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on April 17, 23, 24 and 25.
  • April 28
    • More employees at No Frills 1150 Victoria Park Avenue were reported to have tested positive for the virus. Dates last worked were not disclosed.
  • April 29
    • Four employees at Loblaws, 2280 Dundas Street West, were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on April 18 and 26.
  • April 30
    • Four employees at Fortinos, 3940 Highway 7 in Vaughan were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on April 16, 19, 22 and 27.
    • Four employees from another Fortinos, this time at 700 Lawrence Avenue West in North York, were reported to have tested positive for the virus. they had last worked on April 17, 21 and 25.

The extensive list of cases can be found on the Loblaw Ltd., COVID-19 page.

Metro has also reported 35 COVID-19 cases in total from April 19 until April 28.

On April 19, three employees at Metro 2155 St. Clair Avenue West were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on April 6, 11 and 13.

The full list of Metro cases can be found on their COVID-19 board.

Both Sobeys and FreshCo reported 26 positive COVID-19 cases at their grocery stores across the Toronto area from April 21 to 29.

The full list of cases can be found on the Sobeys COVID-19 advisory page.

Metro has previously reported 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 for 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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