Fortinos among list of grocery stores reporting employee COVID-19 cases

Jan 26 2021, 10:22 am

Across the Toronto area and the GTA, 18 grocery store employees have reported testing positive for COVID-19 since last week.

Metro has reported 17 new cases since January 18, according to its COVID-19 advisory page.

On January 18, a Metro employee from the 3221 Eglinton Avenue East location in Scarborough reported testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 11.

In Brampton that same day, an employee at another Metro location, 20 Great Lakes Drive, reported testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 14.

In Toronto, at the 3142 Yonge Street Metro location, an employee reported testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 13.

On January 19, three employees at the Vickers distribution centre at 25 Vickers Road reported testing positive for COVID-19. One of the employees had last worked on January 16 while the other two last worked on January 18.

They also reported a positive case on January 21, with the employee having last worked on January 9.

That same day, a Food Basics employee at 45 Overlea Boulevard reported testing positive for the virus and had last worked on January 15.

On January 21, a Metro employee at 2208 Lakeshore Boulevard West reported testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 15.

The same day, at the Freezer distribution, 170 The West Mall, an employee reported testing positive for the virus. They had last worked on January 19.

On January 22, a Food Basics employee at the 377 Burnhamthorpe Road East location in Mississauga reported testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 15.

Another Food Basics location, 2131 Lawrence Avenue East, reported an employee testing positive for the virus who had last worked on January 18.

At Metro’s 1090 Wilson Avenue store, an employee reported testing positive for COVID-19 on January 22. They had last worked on January 14.

A Food Basics employee at the 5559 Dundas Street West location reported testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 12.

In Brampton, at another Food Basics location, 8910 Highway 50, an employee reported testing positive for COVID-19, on January 22. They had last worked on January 15.

Another Food Basics location at 2452 Sheppard Avenue East reported testing positive for COVID-19 on January 22. They had last worked on January 20.

On January 23, a Food Basics employee at 7070 St Barbara Boulevard reported testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 8.

As for other grocers, such as parent-company Loblaws, on January 26, a Fortinos employee at 35 Worthington Avenue in Brampton reported testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on January 18.

“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 the last 14 days.

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