Victoria grocery store worker tests positive for COVID-19

Victoria grocery store worker tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at a grocery store employee in Victoria has tested positive for COVID-19

According to an Oct. 5 information bulletin posted on Sobey’s website, a worker at the Thrifty Foods on Simcoe Street in Victoria’s James Bay neighbourhood recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The employee’s last day worked at the location was Oct. 3.

Sobey’s, the parent company of Thrifty Foods, does not disclose when employees tested positive, instead, saying that they work with public health to support those who become infected.

“We will always do everything we can to support our teammates and ensure their safety,” reads a statement on the company’s website.

The company is one of the few remaining large corporations operating in B.C. to publicly announce if their employees test positive for COVID. Both Loblaws, which owns Real Canadian Superstore, and Mcdonald’s have stopped making public announcements.

“Throughout the pandemic we have communicated restaurant closures due to COVID-19 so that restaurant employees and guests were continually informed of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in restaurants and could take proper measures,” McDonald’s said in a statement on its website, adding. “This was important during the early months of the pandemic and we posted an ongoing COVID-19 tracker to report on any change of status in our restaurants. Due to the increased numbers of Canadians who are vaccinated, a corresponding reduction in impacts on our operations, and the introduction of vaccine passports or cards for restaurants in most provinces, the tracker has been discontinued.”

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