It's no doubt that grocery store workers play an essential role in our communities. While everyone else has been advised to stay home, these people have continued to work in their public-facing positions. On Wednesday, April 15, the Real Canadian Superstore in Calgary announced that one of their team members had tested positive for COVID-19.\nA Facebook post made by the Real Canada Superstore explained that an employee at the McKenzie location in the city's southeast had contracted COVID-19\nThe post read, "One of the team members at the Real Canadian Superstore McKenzie (4700 130TH Ave SE) location in Calgary has recently tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19."\nIt goes on to say that the store understands that people may have questions. They said they want to assure everyone that they take their safety standards very seriously.\nThey also mentioned that the employee was last at the store on Saturday, April 11.\nAccording to the post, the store has a number of protocols in place in response to the pandemic. That includes "daily sanitization and social distancing practices" in order to minimize the risk of exposure to the customers as well as the employees.\nIf you're a regular shopper at the McKenzie Superstore, you might have noticed that the store was closed over the last few days.\nOne of the team members at the Real Canadian Superstore McKenzie (4700 130TH Ave SE) location in Calgary has recently...Posted by Real Canadian Superstore on Wednesday, April 15, 2020\nIt turns out that the store had closed down for extensive cleaning. As of now, the store has reopened to the public.\nThey finished off the post by saying that the store will work with the public health team and follow any further directions.\nGrocery stores have become quite the hot topic lately. Albertans have emptied out certain aisles altogether. Some key products have been hand sanitizer and toilet paper.\nAnd for many of us, grocery shopping is quite literally the only time we leave the house. So we can only imagine how grocery store workers are coping at this time.\nIn order to handle the increased pressure, Superstore's parent company, Loblaws Company Ltd. has increased its staffs' pay by 15%, according to CTV News. This change was effective as of March 8.\nCalgary has been identified as a hotspot for COVID-19 in Alberta. On April 14, Alberta saw the biggest single-day jump in new cases, and almost all were in Calgary.\nMultiple frontline workers have tested positive in the city, including an Amazon warehouse worker and a 7-Eleven employee.