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Dozens of Metro Vancouver grocery store workers hit by COVID-19

Cases also hit drug stores and restaurants
Shoppers at a Real Canadian Superstore. Photo submitted

Dozens of workers at grocery and drug stores and restaurants operating in Metro Vancouver have recently tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

A McDonald’s worker at a Fraser Highway location in Surrey tested positive and last worked on Jan. 11.

Newly-announced cases also affect employees of stores owned and operated by Loblaw and Sobeys, with dozens going back to the start of January. Below are just the more recent ones.

Loblaw Companies Ltd, the parent company of the major retail chain Real Canadian Superstore provided updates to its COVID-19 employee case listings, indicating there have been new cases among staff at the following affected stores:

  • Real Canadian Superstore, 14650 104th Ave., Surrey: The last day the two team members each worked was on Dec. 27 and Jan. 1.
  • Michael’s NoFrills on 204 Street in Langley had two workers test positive and they both last worked on Jan. 8.
  • Real Canadian Superstore on Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack. The last day the employee worked was on Jan. 7.

Additionally, Loblaw owns and operates the Shoppers Drug Mart chain. On Jan. 10 the company indicated a new test-positive coronavirus case affecting a team member at its Richmond Centre store location. That employee last worked as recently as Jan. 7. The Shoppers on Fraser Highway in Surrey also had an employee test positive. They last worked on Jan. 10.

Sobeys, Inc., parent company of familiar local grocery store chains Safeway, Thrifty Foods, and franchise operation FreshCo, also reports store employee COVID-19 test positive cases on its public web portal. Recent updates to its team member case count include the following:

  • Safeway – 1611 Davie St. in Vancouver: The last day the employee worked was Jan. 11.
  • Safeway - 8671 No 1 Road Richmond: The last day the employee worked was Jan. 7.
  • Safeway - 10355 King George Blvd, Surrey: The last day the employee worked was Jan. 4.
    - With additional reporting by Lindsay William-Ross, Vancouver is Awesome