Grocery store workers in Nanaimo, Campbell River test positive for COVID-19


At least three grocery store workers on Vancouver Island have recently tested positive for COVID-19.

According to an information bulletin posted on Loblaws Inc.’s website on Feb. 7, an employee at the Real Canadian Superstore in Campbell River recently positive for COVID-19.

Loblaws Inc. did not disclose when the employee tested positive but said their last shift at the store was on Feb. 3.

“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,” reads a statement on the company’s website.

Ontario-based Loblaws Inc. is the parent company of both Real Canadian Superstore and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Meanwhile, notices posted on Sobey’s website indicate that at least two employees at Thrifty Foods on Turner Road in Nanaimo recently tested positive for COVID-19. The employees last worked at the Nanaimo grocery store on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.

The company does not disclose details about how many employees have tested positive or when they tested positive but says it works with public health to support those who become infected.

“We will always do everything we can to support our teammates and ensure their safety. Where required, we will communicate with customers who have shopped in the impacted location, with store signage, outlining our steps to manage the situation,” reads a statement on Sobey’s website.

Sobeys is the parent company of Thrifty Foods as well as Safeway.

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