Update: More cases have been reported at Shoppers Drug Mart locations, you can find the update here.
Several employees at Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Toronto and the GTA have tested positive for COVID-19, as the province continues to see a rise in cases.
According to Loblaws Inc., the parent company, seven of its stores across the Toronto region have reported cases amongst staff since September 27.
Over the weekend, an employee at the Shoppers Drug Mart location at 49 Mountainash Road in Brampton, tested positive for COVID-19 on September 27, having last worked on September 24.
Two days later, on September 29 another employee at a Shoppers Drug Mart location at 2751 Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough, also tested positive for the virus.
The employee had last worked on September 23.
That same day on September 29, four more Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Toronto also reported positive cases among their employees.
The first location is at the Shoppers Drug Mart on 1500 Woodbine Avenue and the last day the team member worked was on September 23.
An employee at the Shoppers Drug Mart at 1027 Yonge Street who had also tested positive, last worked on September 21.
The next store location at 747 Don Mills Road also reported a staff member as positive for the virus, who had last worked on September 22.
The last report comes from a Shoppers Drug Mart location at 5762 Highway 7 in Markham where the team member’s last day of work was on September 22.
Loblaws has continuously updated its list of cases, including eight stores on Monday, with reports spanning over the days listed.
Several other grocers across the region, including Metro, Food Basics, and Sobeys have also reported cases of their employees testing positive for the virus.
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“Given the important role we play in our communities, we are prepared for all possible situations, including a positive test for COVID-19 in our stores. In these cases, we work closely with public health and follow their guidance to ensure proper notification of close contacts and required cleaning and sanitization in our stores,” said Loblaws.
“In addition, we have mandated that our staff and customers wear masks in Extra Foods, Fortinos, Maxi, nofrills, Real Canadian Superstores and T&T stores across Canada.”
For transparency, Loblaws regularly updates their COVID-19 cases in stores by province within the last 15 days.