The Real Canadian Superstore has confirmed an employee at its 825 Oxford St. E. location at Gammage Street in London, Ont., has recently tested positive on a presumptive test for the novel coronavirus.
In an afternoon media briefing on Thursday, medical officer of health Dr. Chris Mackie announced that the employee was a food handler who prepared bread and worked on April 25 and 26 while symptomatic.
“The food prepared was bread. This is bread baked and sliced in house so it wouldn’t be related to branded bread coming from outside of the facility,” Mackie said.
“But if you have purchased bread at Superstore at Oxford and Gammage and that was bread that was produced in Superstore, please discard that. The risk is very low but it’s not zero.”
Mackie added that anyone who touched or ate the food should monitor themselves but they do not need to seek testing if they do not have symptoms.
“If you have any new symptoms and you’ve been in contact with bread purchased at Superstore over the last three days or so then please do discard that bread and get yourself into one of our assessment centres.”
The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) provided additional information later Thursday afternoon, advising customers who shopped on April 25 and 26 to take the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. As well, MLHU staff have reportedly “followed up with the grocery store employee and have identified their close contacts.”
The company said the employee last worked at the store on April 26.
In an email to recent customers, the company says it is taking additional steps on top of “daily disinfectant protocols” and “social-distancing practices” put in place in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The company says it arranged for a thorough deep clean and sanitization of the store, which has since reopened.
Any potentially exposed team members have been directed to stay home and self-isolate, the company says, and customers “who recently transacted at this store” are being notified “out of an abundance of caution.”
The statement closes by adding that the company “will work with the local public health team on any further directions” and encourages customers to reach out to public health authorities if they require further information.
The case at the Oxford and Gammage Superstore location comes less than a week after a staff member at Oakridge Mall’s Real Canadian Superstore at 1205 Oxford St. W. tested positive on a presumptive test for the novel coronavirus. In that case, the employee had not been in the store since April 20.
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