Loblaws and FreshCo among grocery stores reporting employee COVID-19 cases

Feb 17 2021, 6:46 am

As Toronto and the GTA report a drop in COVID-19 cases, grocery stores in the area have also seen a decline in reported cases over the past weekend.

Parent company to Food Basics, Metro, has reported three cases on February 10 and 11.

On February 10, an employee at the 3142 Yonge Street Metro location was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 28.

On February 11, Food Basics at 238 Wellesley Street East reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 9.

The same day, a Metro at 20 Church Avenue reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19, who had last worked on February 10.

Across Toronto, Loblaws Ltd. reported a few cases over the weekend and into Monday; however, reported cases continue to be significantly less than previously.

On February 13, an employee at the Real Canadian Superstore, 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Drive, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 10.

On February 14, an employee at Vi’s No Frills, 681 Silver Star Boulevard in Scarborough, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19 and had last worked on February 9.

On February 15, a Loblaws at 5010 Glen Erin Drive in Mississauga reported an employee testing positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on February 11.

On February 16, two employees at a Fortinos, 3940 Highway 7 in Vaughan, were reported to have tested positive on a presumptive rest for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 10 and 12.

Sobeys reported two positive COVID-19 cases in their grocery stores in Toronto as well.

On February 13, an employee at FreshCo, 22 Northcote Avenue, was reported to have tested positive for the virus and had last worked on February 8.

Three days later, on February 16, an employee at the Foodland located at 2040 Queen Street East reported testing positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on February 11.

“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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