Several employees at Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Toronto and the GTA have tested positive for COVID-19 as the region continues to see a rise in cases.
According to Loblaws Inc., the parent company of Shoppers Drug Mart, four of its stores across Toronto have reported cases amongst staff since October 3.
Over the weekend, an employee at the Shoppers Drug Mart located at 1840 Eglinton Avenue West tested positive for COVID-19 and had last worked on September 21.
That same day, it was reported on October 3 that three team members had also tested positive for COVID-19 at a Shoppers Drug Mart located at 2751 Eglinton Avenue East in Scarborough.
They had last worked on September 23 and September 25.
On October 4, multiple team members tested positive for COVID-19 at a Shoppers Drug Mart located at 1500 Avenue Road.
Loblaws has not listed what days the employees had worked; however, last week the same location reported a positive case, having last worked on September 23.
On October 5, another team member, this time located at 5602 Tenth Line West in Mississauga, tested positive for COVID-19.
The last day they worked was on September 29.
Just last week, almost 15 Toronto grocery stores reported coronavirus cases including No Frills, Sobeys, Fortinos, and Loblaws. Two more were reported today at a Loblaws location.
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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, No Frills, 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.