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Downtown Victoria restaurant confirms employee tests positive for COVID-19


Another positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed by a local establishment in Greater Victoria.

On Saturday, representatives from Milestones confirmed that one of their kitchen staff was diagnosed with the virus.

According to reports, the staff member hasn’t worked at the restaurant since last Saturday, August 15th.

The restaurant was informed of the positive case on Wednesday and closed for cleaning and sanitization for two days.

According to Doug Smith, president of Milestones Grill + Bar, the restaurant has followed all necessary protocols as set out by the provincial government and Island Health.

Smith states that all employees that had close contact with the individual who tested positive are now quarantining and will not be returning to work until they have passed the quarantine period or have received a negative test result.

“Our restaurant has been professionally cleaned and sanitized and we are continuing to monitor the situation closely,” Smith said in an email statement to Victoria Buzz.

Customers who had visited the establishment last week tell Victoria Buzz that they were contacted by the president of the company to inform them of the positive case.

This is the second reported positive case at a Victoria business in two days.

On Friday, Chatters hair salon in West Shore took to Facebook to inform the public one of their stylist had also received a positive test result.

According to the Facebook post, public health officials have advised the salon there is a very low risk of exposure due to the PPE policies they currently have in place.

The salon has announced it has closed until Monday for cleaning and sanitizing.

Last week, 7-Eleven Canada issued a similar, albeit more detailed, report after an employee at a downtown Victoria location tested positive for COVID-19.
So far, there have been 160 cases of COVID-19 in the Vancouver Island Health region, of which nine remain active at this time.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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