Two cases of COVID-19 announced at Squamish stores | Squamish Chief

Two cases of COVID-19 announced at Squamish stores

Independent Grocer and Sunflower Bakery each say one employee has tested positive

In two separate cases, both Hector’s Your Independent Grocer and the Sunflower Bakery & Cafe have each announced that one of their employees has tested positive for COVID-19.

On Sept. 28, Independent Grocer’s parent company, Loblaws, posted that a worker at the Squamish branch “tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19.”

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The last day the employee worked was Sept. 23.

“Given the important role we play in our communities, we are prepared for all possible situations, including a positive test for COVID-19 in our stores,” reads a post on Loblaws’ site.

“In these cases, we work closely with public health and follow their guidance to ensure proper notification of close contacts and required cleaning and sanitization in our stores.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We love our little mountain town and the health and safety of our employees, customers and community is our top priority. We are saddened to announce that a member of our Sunflower team has tested positive for Covid 19. The asymptomatic employee was tested after being advised they had been in contact with someone who had tested positive. The employee is currently quarantined at home and we have been working with the contact tracing team to notify anyone who may be at risk. While the Medical Health Officer has advised that we can remain open and that the public is not at risk, we have made the decision to err on the side of caution and close until we feel it is completely safe to reopen. We thank you for your understanding and support during these crazy and uncertain times, and we look forward to seeing you all soon! The Sunflower Family

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As for the Sunflower Bakery, a Sept. 30 post to Instagram states: “We are saddened to announce that a member of our Sunflower team has tested positive for Covid 19. The asymptomatic employee was tested after being advised they had been in contact with someone who had tested positive. The employee is currently quarantined at home and we have been working with the contact tracing team to notify anyone who may be at risk.

While the Medical Health Officer has advised that we can remain open and that the public is not at risk, we have made the decision to err on the side of caution and close until we feel it is completely safe to reopen.”

Jamie Brandon of the Sunflower Bakery & Cafe told The Chief: “We have been taking all steps to ensure our staff and customers are safe. Public Health have been very clear that because of our safety measures within the bakery that the public is at no risk.”

Vancouver Coastal Health advises that “If you have been identified as a COVID-19 case or close contact, please know that VCH Public Health will contact you directly and provide further instructions.”

If not everyone was able to be contacted, the exposure will be listed on a VCH public exposure list.

No Squamish businesses or locations are currently on that list. Find it here.

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