Sobeys among grocery stores reporting employee COVID-19 cases

Feb 9 2021, 7:57 am

As Toronto and the GTA continue to see a fluctuating pattern of COVID-19 cases, several grocery stores in the area are reporting cases from the past weekend and within the last few days.

Grocers in the area, such as Metro, the parent company to Food Basics, reported three cases since February 4.

An employee at the Distribution Centre, 25 Vickers Road, was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. Metro listed the case on February 4, and the employee last worked on February 1.

On February 4, an employee at the 3221 Derry Road West Metro location in Mississauga reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 24.

On February 6, a Food Basics at 10886 Hurontario Street in Brampton reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 27.

Sobeys grocery stores have also reported several positive cases since February 6, including FreshCo locations in the area.

On February 6, the FreshCo at 2440 Dundas Street West reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 31.

Again on February 6, a Sobeys at 3300 Bloor Street West reported an employee testing positive for the virus who had last worked on February 3.

On February 7, a FreshCo at 3998 Cottrelle Boulevard in Brampton reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19, who had last worked in-store on February 3.

On February 8, a Sobeys employee at 840 Dupont Street was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked in-store on February 2.

Parent company Loblaws Ltd. reported a few cases over the weekend into Tuesday; however, there is significantly less than times prior.

On February 6, the Real Canadian Superstore at 51 Gerry Fitzgerald Drive reported an employee testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 1.

On February 7, a Loblaws employee at 12 St. Clair Avenue East was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus and had last worked in-store on February 15.

On February 8, an employee at the 101 Eglinton Avenue East Loblaws location reported testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 3.

The same day, on February 8, Marcello’s Independent City Market at 1022 King Street West reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on January 31.

On February 9, an employee at the Real Canadian Superstore, 2549 Weston Road, reported testing positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on January 31.

The same day, a Fortinos at 330 Queens Plate Drive in Etobicoke reported an employee testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 7.

In Brampton, another Fortinos location at 60 Quarry Edge Drive reported an employee testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 3.

Loblaw is also the parent company to Shoppers Drug Mart, which reported nine employee cases in Brampton, North York, and Toronto over the past weekend.

“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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