No Frills and Food Basics among grocery stores reporting employee COVID-19 cases

Mar 15 2021, 9:12 am

As Toronto and the GTA continue to report new COVID-19 cases, grocery stores in the area have also reported a few cases over the past weekend.

Both Sobeys and FreshCo reported three positive COVID-19 cases at several of their grocery stores.

On March 13, an employee at FreshCo’s 1430 Major Mackenzie Drive East location in Richmond Hill was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 6.

On March 14, an employee at another FreshCo, this time at 10615 Bramalea Road in Brampton, was reported to have tested positive for the virus and had last worked on March 9.

On March 15, a FreshCo employee at 7205 Goreway Drive in Mississauga reported testing positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 5.

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

On March 13, a Fortinos employee at 2911 Major Mackenzie Drive West in Vaughan was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 1.

Again on March 13, a Real Canadian Superstore employee at 85 Steeles Avenue West in Brampton was reported testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 7.

On March 14, an employee at Loblaws, 200 Bullock Drive in Markham, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on March 9.

The same day, multiple employees from Rob’s No Frills, 13071 Yonge Street in Oak Ridges, reported testing positive on presumptive tests for the virus. The day they had last worked has not been specified.

On March 14, Spataro’s No Frills at 8990 Chinguacousy Road in Brampton, reported an employee testing positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 8.

On March 15, a Loblaws employee at 301 High Tech Road in Richmond Hill was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 6.

Metro also reported several cases from one of its Food Basics locations in Toronto.

On March 11, an employee at the Food Basics located at 238 Wellesley Street East reported testing positive for the virus. They had last worked on March 6.

On March 13, three employees at the same 238 Wellesley Street East location were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. Two of the affected employees had last worked on March 11 and the other on March 12.

Metro has previously shared 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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