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

Mar 1 2021, 10:54 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 in recent weeks.

Metro reported one positive COVID-19 case in their grocery stores in Toronto and the GTA.

On February 25, an employee at Metro, 3142 Yonge Street, was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 19.

As for Loblaws, the parent company to several grocery chains reported several of its stores across the region having employees who tested positive for the virus.

On February 26, Stephen’s No Frills, 2742 Eglinton Avenue East, reported an employee testing positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on February 22.

The same day, an employee at Steve’s No Frills, 295 Queen Street East in Brampton, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 24.

On February 26, a Fortinos employee at Highway 7 in Vaughan was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 18.

The same day, on February 26, an employee at the Loblaws located at 396 St. Clair Avenue West was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on February 24.

A Loblaws employee at 500 Lakeshore Boulevard West was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus on February 26. They had last worked on February 22.

The next day, on February 27, a Fortinos employee at 55 Mountainash Road,  was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 18.

The same day, two employees at the 3501 Yonge Street Loblaws location in North York, were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 18 and 20, respectively.

On February 28, an employee at another Loblaws location, 380 The East Mall, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on February 24.

The same day, a Fortinos employee at 3940 Highway 7 was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 28.

On March 1, a Loblaws employee at 50 Musgrave Street was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 26.

The same day, a Real Canadian Superstore employee at 1755 Brimley Road in Scarborough, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on February 24.

Sobeys also reported a positive COVID-19 case in one of their grocery stores.

On February 27, a FreshCo employee at 1430 Major MacKenzie Drive East in Richmond Hill was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on February 23.

“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 and 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.

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