A pair of grocery stores in Campbell River and Nanaimo have each reported workers testing positive for COVID-19 in the past week.
Two cases of the virus were reported at Thrifty Foods at 5801 Turner Road in Nanaimo.
The first case was reported on February 2, with the employee’s last shift on January 30. In the second case, the employee’s status was reported February 6 and they last worked January 31.
In Campbell River, a case of COVID-19 was reported at the Real Canadian Superstore at 1424 Island Highway.
The presumptive positive test result was reported on February 7 and the employee last worked February 3.
Cases of COVID-19 at the grocery chains have been listed online by their corporate parent companies.
Loblaw Companies Limited, which owns the Real Canadian Superstore in Campbell River, says they regularly update their list to include positive cases by province for the last 15 days.
“We are prepared for all possible situations, including a positive test for COVID-19 in our stores,” the company says on their website.
‘In these cases, we work closely with public health and follow their guidance to ensure proper notification of close contacts and required cleaning and sanitization in our stores.”
Sobeys Inc. similarly tracks cases of COVID-19 in their national chain of stores, including the Thrifty Foods in Nanaimo. They retain information online for 14 days.
“We will always follow the guidance of Public Health to support our teammates who are impacted by COVID-19,” Sobeys says on their website.
“Where required, we will communicate with customers who have shopped in the impacted location, with store signage, outlining our steps to manage the situation.”