A coffee shop in Colwood has closed its doors temporarily out of an abundance of caution, after an employee tested positive with COVID-19.

Sequoia Coastal Coffee, a locally owned coffee shop with two locations, posted to Facebook on Sunday, January 17th informing the public that one of their team members at the Royal Bay location tested positive for the virus.

“We received notification last night (Sat, Jan 16) that one of our team members at our Royal Bay location tested positive for COVID-19,” the Facebook post read.

The company said they would be closed for several days an extensive professional cleaning will be completed.

All staff will be tested and will return to work only after a negative result.

“Our staff and customer health is our number one priority and we will re-open only when it is completely safe to do so. We will continue to support our team member throughout their recovery,” the statement on Facebook read.

According to the coffee shop, the risk of transmission to the public is low.

Updates on when they plan to reopen will be posted online.

As of this publication, there are 175 active cases remaining in the region, according to Island Health. By Health Service Delivery Area, they are:

* South Island: 33 | Total cases: 392
* Central Island: 118 | Total cases: 570
* North Island: 24 | Total cases: 249

10 people are currently hospitalized in the Island Health region, including two people in intensive care units.

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