COVID-19: Third employee case confirmed at Real Canadian Superstore in Peterborough

Loblaw confirms an employee at the Real Canadian Superstore in Peterborough tested positive for COVID-19. Google Streetview

An employee at a major grocery store in Peterborough recently tested positive for COVID-19 — now the third case at the business this fall.

Global News Peterborough inquired on Monday about a suspected case at the Real Canadian Superstore on Borden Ave following a public tip.

On Tuesday, an email statement from the store’s parent company Loblaw confirmed a “team member” recently tested positive for the coronavirus.

The supermarket is attached to Lansdowne Place Mall.

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“We have been working with the local public health team and have taken a number of steps to minimize risk, including increased sanitization protocols and enforcing social distancing practices in the store and the risk remains low for our customers,” the statement reads. “The store also arranged for additional cleaning.”

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The company says the team member last worked at the store on Nov. 17 and tested positive on Nov. 21.

“Team members who worked closely with this individual are now at home in self-isolation, monitoring for any symptoms,” the company stated.

In a followup email, the company revealed it’s now the third case in recent months. However, none on the cases are connected, the company says.

“It’s important to note that they were all weeks apart and not related,” an email read. “The risk remains low for our customers and colleagues, and we continue to work with public health to their satisfaction.”

The last dates worked were Oct. 17 and Nov. 1 for the other cases, the company noted.

None of the cases had been made public by the company or Peterborough Public Health until Global News’ inquiries.


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