Grocery store and LCBO COVID-19 cases confirmed in Toronto this week

Mar 26 2021, 8:04 am

Grocery stores and LCBO locations in and around the Toronto area may disclose instances of employees testing positive for COVID-19.

We’re consolidating this information every week, so that going into the weekend, you know which locations have seen recent cases and if there are any closures to be aware of.

Here are the updates on confirmed coronavirus cases reported in grocery stores from March 22 to March 26 and over the past weekend:

LCBO

  • On March 20, an employee at the 49 Spadina Avenue location was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 18.
  • On March 26, an employee at the 1339 Lawrence Avenue West location was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 14.

“As the province continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions, the LCBO has updated our operating hours, including opening on Mondays,” said the LCBO spokesperson.

The liquor board also reduced its in-store shopping capacities to 25% due to the provincial lockdown. Customer returns will also be paused throughout the lockdown.

“We continue to restrict capacity and hours in accordance with public health guidance across the province.”

Loblaws

  • On March 20, an employee at a Loblaws, 3501 Yonge Street in North York, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on March 16.
  • On March 21, an employee at the 380 The East Mall location in Etobicoke was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 19.
  • The next day, on March 22, a Loblaws employee at 585 Queen Street West was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on March 17.
  • On March 26, two employees at the same Loblaws, 585 Queen Street West, were reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus. They had last worked on March 17 and 22.
  • The same day, on March 26, two employees at the 60 Carlton Street location were reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 12 and March 25.

Real Canadian Superstore

  • On March 22, multiple employees at the 2549 Weston Road superstore location were reported to have tested positive on presumptive tests for the virus. The last days worked have not been disclosed.
  • On March 23, another employee at 85 Steeles Avenue West in Brampton, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 13.
  • On March 26, another two employees at 85 Steeles Avenue West in Brampton, were reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 13 and March 21.

Fortinos

  • On March 25, a Fortinos employee at 3940 Highway 7 in Vaughan was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 15.

No Frills

  • On March 23, an employee at John & Danielle’s No Frills, 270 Wilson Avenue in North York, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus and had last worked on March 19.
  • On March 25, a No Frills employee at 700 Balmoral Drive in Brampton, was reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus and had last worked on March 20.
  • On March 25, two employees at John & Danielle’s No Frills, 270 Wilson Avenue in North York, were reported to have tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus and had last worked on March 12 and 19.

FreshCo

  • On March 20, a FreshCo employee at the 22 Northcote Avenue location, was reported to have tested positive for the virus. They had last worked on March 20.
  • Another FreshCo employee at 22 Northcote Avenue was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 on March 20. They had last worked on March 10.
  • Again on March 20, a FreshCo employee at 800 Steeles Avenue West in Thornhill was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 18.
  • On March 23, a FreshCo employee at 3998 Cottrelle Boulevard in Brampton was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 8.

Sobeys

  • On March 19, an employee at Sobeys, 147 Laird Drive was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 8.
  • On March 20, a Sobeys employee at 1035 Bronte Street South in Milton was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 10.
  • On March 25, a Sobeys employee at 840 Dupont Street was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 19.

Foodland

  • On March 23, a Foodland employee at 456 Vodden Street East in Brampton was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 20.
  • On March 24, another Foodland employee at the same 456 Vodden Street East location in Brampton was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 21.

Metro

  • On March 18, a Metro employee at 2155 St. Clair Avenue West was reported to have tested positive for the virus. They had last worked on March 14.
  • The same day, a Metro employee at 2155 St. Clair Avenue West was reported to have tested positive for the virus. They had last worked on March 14.
  • Again on March 18, another Metro employee at 89 Gould Street was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 and has last worked on March 11.
  • On March 19, another Metro employee at 2208 Lakeshore Boulevard West was reported to have also tested positive for the virus. They had last worked on March 3.
  • The same day, on March 19, a Metro employee at 2300 Yonge Street was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on March 15.
  • On March 20, a Metro employee at 261 Port Union Road was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on March 17.
  • On March 21, another Metro employee at 261 Port Union Road was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on March 19.
  • On March 22, a Metro employee at 3221 Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on March 14.
  • On March 23, a Metro employee at 2300 Yonge Street was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on March 11.

Food Basics

  • On March 16, a Food Basics employee at 238 Wellesley Street East was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 14.
  • On March 17, another Food Basics employee, this time at 1070 Pape Avenue, was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19. They had last worked on March 11.

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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