Downtown Victoria 7-Eleven temporarily closed after company says employee tested positive for COVID-19

Downtown Victoria 7-Eleven temporarily closed after company says employee tested positive for COVID-19
Watch A downtown Victoria store has temporarily closed its doors after announcing one of their employees has a confirmed case of COVID-19. Jasmine Bala reports.

A convenience store in downtown Victoria is temporarily closed after the company that owns it says an employee who worked there recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Aug. 14, 7-Eleven Canada sent out a notice informing customers of a confirmed COVID-19 case in one of their downtown Victoria locations.

According to the company, an employee at their store on 1327 Douglas St., located on the corner of Douglas and Johnson streets, has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

“Any customers who may have visited the store between August 10 to August 14 can call 811 for health guidance and information,” 7-Eleven Canada said in a statement Friday night.

Since then, 7-Eleven Canada has closed the store on a temporary basis and employees are being asked to self-isolate with pay.

“We have temporarily closed the store to thoroughly clean and sanitize the location,” 7-Eleven Canada said.

The store is expected to reopen on or before Aug. 17, 2020, in consultation with Island Health.

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On Friday, there were no new cases of COVID-19 reported in Island Health at the time of the provincial briefing. The next update is scheduled for Monday and will include any confirmed cases since then.

Meanwhile, Island Health does not disclose cases in specific locations and has not confirmed the reported COVID-19 case at the 7-Eleven in Victoria.

“When public health officials cannot be certain they have reached all those who need to be contacted and there may be a risk to the public, they issue a public notification,” Island Health said in a statement to CHEK News.

Island Health added they have no notifications about risk of public exposure to issue as of Saturday afternoon.

“Contact tracing from Island Health’s public health team ensures anyone potentially exposed to a confirmed case is followed up with,” Island Health said.

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