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7-Eleven warns Calgary customers after presumptive case of COVID-19 in store employee

File: Calgary 7-Eleven on March 23, 2020.
File: Calgary 7-Eleven on March 23, 2020. Mark Metulis/Global News

EDITOR’S NOTE: 7-Eleven originally said one of its associates had a confirmed case of COVID-19. However, one day after this story was published, 7-Eleven told Global News it was not a confirmed case, but a presumptive case. This story has been updated to reflect the correct information.

7-Eleven has temporarily closed a Calgary store after an employee came down with a presumptive case of COVID-19, according to the company.

In a statement issued Monday night, 7-Eleven Canada originally said an associate at the 435 – 4 Ave. S.W. location had a confirmed case the novel coronavirus disease. However, in an update Tuesday afternoon, the company said “we now understand this to be a presumptive case of COVID-19.”

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‚ÄúCommunication on confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 are between the health authority and the patient. Out of an abundance of caution, 7-Eleven Canada activated its preventative measures based on the information shared by the team member,” read an updated statement from 7-Eleven Canada Tuesday.

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7-Eleven said it has asked staff to “self-isolate with pay for 14 days,” adding that it wants customers who were in the store between March 4 and 17 to contact Alberta Health Services.

“We have temporarily closed the store to thoroughly clean and sanitize the location,” 7-Eleven said.

“We will reopen the store as soon as possible, in consultation with Alberta Health Services.”

7-Eleven Canada said it is monitoring the condition of the employee. The store closure and team member self-isolation with pay will remain in effect “for now,” the company said Tuesday.

Alberta Health said Tuesday it cannot comment on a specific case due to patient confidentiality.