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New West Safeway staff hit by COVID-19

Cases discovered in Safeway in New West and Burnaby
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A Safeway in New Westminster has had at least one work test positive for COVID-19.

Sobeys updated its employee case tracker to include the Safeway at 800 Carnarvon St. store, with the worker last working on Jan. 24.

Sobeys also reported that a staff member from its Kensington Safeway in Burnaby tested positive.

As for other companies, Loblaw Companies Ltd. indicated that multiple team members at B.C. stores have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

While two of those stores are located in B.C.'s Interior Health authority region - a Shoppers Drug Mart in Vernon and a Real Canadian Superstore in Pentiction - the following affected store is located in Vancouver Coastal Health: Davie Street Your Independent Grocer, 1255 Davie St., Vancouver. It has two infected workers.

The T&T outlet on Marine Drive in Vancouver has also reported new positive tests involving part-time workers. The last day they worked at the store was on Jan. 17 and 21.

A Real Canadian Superstore on 120 Street in Delta has also had workers test positive for coronavirus, last working on Jan. 13 and 16.

Two Real Canadian Superstores in Coquitlam have isolated workers who tested positive for COVID-19, according to a recent exposure alert issued by the chain’s parent company, Loblaw Companies Ltd.

Two exposures were reported at the Superstore at 1301 Lougheed Hwy. in Coquitlam (the employees last worked on Jan. 16 and 17) and the other is at the Superstore at 3000 Lougheed Highway (the employee last worked on Jan. 6).

January has seen a resurgence in public exposure warnings issued by the two health authorities that cover Metro Vancouver.

Vancouver Coastal Health, which includes Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore, and the Sea-to-Sky, publishes public exposure warnings for one month; currently, the health authority has eight venues listed. The most recent COVID-19 public exposures have been at a trio of establishments in Whistler, while the previous five are all located in Vancouver: Hail Mary'sDenny'sNook, and Park Drive restaurants and Rumble Boxing.

Currently, Fraser Health, which includes Burnaby, Surrey, and the Fraser Valley, has one active coronavirus public exposure warning which covers multiple weekly scheduled events at a Surrey church.

  • With files from Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver Is Awesome