Pusateri's employee tests positive for coronavirus

May 1 2020, 3:47 pm

Pusateri’s Fine Foods has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in an employee — an individual at head office in a supervisory role, who has limited interaction with customers and team members.

The gourmet grocer learned of the diagnoses on April 29. The employee felt unwell on April 24, according to the business, and left work that morning.

Prior to leaving that day, the individual visited the Sherway and Avenue Road store locations. They have not visited a Pusateri’s store since.

The grocer said that they are in close communications with Public Health regarding next steps, and they are also communicating to employees and customers on the ongoing development.

Further, the business says it is “reviewing preventative measures for optimization.”

In response to the individuals’ visits to the Sherway and Avenue Road locations, those stores have undergone “enhanced professional deep cleaning,” out of “an abundance of caution.”

The company says this cleaning spans the entirety of the store with an emphasis on disinfecting high-touch point surfaces, as per Public Health guidelines.

In late March, Pusateri’s apologized for selling Lysol wipes for $30 per container amid the pandemic.

During a press conference, Premier Doug Ford had called the gourmet grocer out by name, declaring their price gouging of essential items “disgusting.”

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