Several staff at GTA Longo's locations test positive for coronavirus

Apr 6 2020, 9:17 am

Eight staff-members across two Longo’s locations in the City of Vaughan have tested positive for COVID-19, according to York Region.

Seven of the confirmed cases are in staff who work at the 9200 Weston Road location. One employee at the 2810 Major Mackenzie Drive location is also confirmed positive.

None of the ill individuals are currently working in the stores, and York Region Public Health has followed up with them to identify anyone they may have come into contact with.

In cases like this where community exposure happens, Public Health conducts individual interviews with the people who tested positive. The contact investigation is expected to be completed today — Monday, April 6.

York Region said that Longo’s is cooperating with the investigation and has done “tremendous work” to adjust, given the circumstances.

On Sunday, April 5, Public Health inspected the Major Mackenzie store and verified they are taking all necessary precautions including enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, encouraging physical distancing of staff and patrons, as well as limiting the number of shoppers to 50 people at a time.

They say there is no need to close the store at this time.

Longo’s has taken steps in order to protect staff and customers at all its locations. Some of these measures include:

Reduced store hours, implementing an established community well-being hour, increased cleaning and sanitization, installation of plexiglass shields, closed self-service areas, closed seating areas, and physical distancing measures in all stores.