Two Vancouver Shoppers Drug Mart stores confirm employee COVID-19 cases

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Stores are not listed by Vancouver Coastal Health as public display locations.

Two Vancouver Shoppers Drug Mart locations have posted notices that one team member in each store has tested positive for COVID-19According to Shoppers Drug Mart parent company Loblaw, the affected stores and dates are as follows:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 2303 41st Ave W, Vancouver, BC: A team member tested positive for a presumptive test for COVID-19. The team member’s last working day was August 6.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart, 6305 Fraser St, Vancouver, BC: A team member tested positive for a presumptive test for COVID-19. The team member’s last working day was August 9.

Stores are not listed by Vancouver Coastal Health as public display locations.

Loblaw says it is sharing updates on test-positive COVID cases in their stores to maintain transparency.

“In these cases, we work closely with public health and follow their advice to ensure proper notification of close contact and the necessary cleaning and disinfection in our stores,” the company notes.

“In all of our stores, we encourage our colleagues and employees to wear masks, especially where physical distancing is not always possible,” adds Loblaw.

Additionally, Loblaw public relations noted earlier this week in correspondence with the Tri-City News regarding a positive test case at a Coquitlam No Frills grocery store, that the company has protocols in place at all of its stores to minimize the risk of exposure to the public.

“We want to assure our customers and colleagues that we take their safety very seriously, and throughout the pandemic we have put in place a number of policies to keep our team and our customers safe.

“Whenever we have a positive case, we organize an additional clean-up and work closely with the local public health unit to determine the appropriate next steps, including identification and notification of close contacts. Anyone who meets these criteria in the store is encouraged to return home, self-isolate, and watch for symptoms.

“In general, the risk for our customers remains low, due to the physical distancing and disinfection measures that have been in place in our stores for months. We post all positive cases on our website. ”

COVID-19 is spread by respiratory droplets when a sick person coughs or sneezes, although it can also be spread when a healthy person touches an object or surface, such as a doorknob or a table, with the virus on it, then touch their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands. Symptoms to watch out for may include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of smell, and / or diarrhea, according to Vancouver Coastal Health.

If you have visited one of the affected Shoppers Drug Mart locations and believe you have been infected, it is recommended that you self-isolate and watch for symptoms. If you’re showing symptoms, testing is available – and has recently been expanded in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health areas.

With files from Elana Shepert and Dian Strandberg

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