Low-risk exposure to COVID-19 at two Thunder Bay stores


Health unit warns of potential risk of exposure over the past week at Super Thrift and Super Thrift Christmas stores

THUNDER BAY – Customers who have visited two local thrift stores in the past week may have been exposed to COVID-19, warns the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.The health unit warned of “low risk exposure” for several periods over the past week at two stores operated by Adult & Teen Challenge of Central Canada, after people involved in the organization were tested positive over the weekend.

It also led to residents of the organization’s two long-term drug rehab centers self-isolating.

Customers could have been exposed to the novel coronavirus at the Super Thrift Store on Johnson Avenue on November 3 between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and November 4 to 6 at any time between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Customers could have been exposed to the virus at the Super Thrift Christmas store on North Cumberland Street on November 5 between noon and 6 p.m.

The health unit advised anyone who entered stores during these times to watch for symptoms, despite its low assessment of the risk of transmission.

“Overall, the risk of a person becoming infected would be low, however, we ask people who were in these places during these times to carefully monitor themselves for symptoms, to self-isolate immediately if they are have only one symptom and call TBDHU 807) 625-5900, ”the health unit said in a statement on Monday afternoon.

The warning comes as public health officials deal with a recent surge in cases, with 15 new cases reported in the Thunder Bay area just since Friday.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Janet DeMille said on Monday that the health unit had so far been able to trace the source of transmission of all of these cases, and that there was no evidence of spread in the community.


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