(10 Acres Cafe & Market/Google Images)

A Victoria restaurant chain has confirmed that a staff member at one of their locations has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a social media statement shared Tuesday afternoon, 10 Acres Restaurant & Farms confirmed that a staff member at 10 Acres Café & Market in Sidney has tested positive for COVID-19.

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They announced that the employee last worked at that location on Thursday and Friday, August 20-21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The Sidney eatery and market has been closed for at least Tuesday and Wednesday this week for sanitization.

The 10 Acres at The Pier restaurant in Sidney will also be closed for service and receive the same sanitization treatment, out of an abundance of caution.

“There is zero crossover with our downtown restaurants, The Commons & 10 Acres Bistro, this is only an issue with our Sidney Café,” says the restaurant chain.

“We will update the public as we get more information from the health authorities. They will be updating us on next step protocols Wednesday morning.”

The company says no other staff members have displayed any symptoms of the virus.

Island Health issued statement shortly after stating they were notifying people who visited the location on August 20 and August 21 about possible exposures to COVID-19.

They also warned of a second possible exposure at another restaurant in Sidney. According to Island Health, an employee at Mary’s Bleue Moon Cafe tested positive for COVID-19.

The staff member was working:

    • Tuesday  August 18, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Friday August 21, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Saturday August 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If you have been in one of these locations at the times of possible exposure, it does not mean you will develop COVID-19, according to Island Health.

The possible exposures are believed to be low risk but, out of an abundance of caution,  Island Health ask anyone who may have visited any of the locations listed on the specified dates and times to monitor themselves for symptoms.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • fever,
  • chills,
  • cough or worsening of chronic cough,
  • shortness of breath,
  • sore throat,
  • runny nose,
  • loss of sense of smell or taste,
  • headache,
  • fatigue,
  • diarrhea,
  • loss of appetite,
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • and/or muscle aches.

There is no known risk to anyone who attended any listed locations outside of the specified dates and times.

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