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Worker at Husky gas station in Hamilton’s east end tests positive for COVID-19

This Husky gas station at 220 Centennial Parkway N in Hamilton was closed after a positive COVID-19 case.
This Husky gas station at 220 Centennial Parkway N in Hamilton was closed after a positive COVID-19 case. Google Maps

A Hamilton, Ont. Husky gas station is expected to reopen on Tuesday after an all-day closure on Monday due to an employee testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a release on Monday night, the Alberta energy company said Hamilton public health notified them of a confirmed COVID-19 case on June 1st, connected to a person who works at the 220 Centennial Parkway North location at Barton Street.

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“They last worked on May 17th. The site closed this morning for a thorough sanitization as a precaution and is anticipated to re-opened tomorrow morning,” the company said in a release.

Spokesperson Dawn Delaney said the cleaning included high-contact areas such as countertops, door handles, fuelling nozzles and pin pads.

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Delaney advises any customers who visited this location on May 17th and have questions about COVID-19 should reach out to public health.

The closure is the second for the operator in the last week. On May 27, Husky reported an employee at their Upper Ottawa Street location at Larch Street also tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The positive test also closed that location for one day for cleaning.

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Husky advised customers who visited the 965 Upper Ottawa Street location on May 16, 17 or 18  to reach out to public health if they had questions.

Hamilton reported three more positive cases of COVID-19 on June 1 with a total of 685 confirmed cases and seven probable.

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The city’s latest deaths came over the weekend when a 93-year-old man died on Friday and a 95-year-old man passed on Saturday. Both men were residents of the Rosslyn retirement residence and died in hospital.

Hamilton has 38 deaths connected to COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.

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