Residents are being encouraged to stay home after five COVID-19 cases in Costco have been reported at the Vaughan location. The facility, which is located at Highway 7 and Weston, is continuing to take measures to ensure that proper disinfection takes place. Officials believe that the risk to customers remains low. 

According to a press release posted by mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua on Sunday night, five employees at the location tested positive for the virus.

Two of the five cases were transmitted through close contact between the employees, says the statement.

York Region Public Health has conducted an investigation and has recommended self-isolation for anyone who has come in close contact with these patients. 

So far, the location has made at least 11 changes to their safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as per the news release

That includes staff being scanned before their shift, bringing in security to enforce physical distancing, making hand sanitizer readily available, and putting barriers in the lines to make sure people are standing far enough apart.

According to the statement, "public health continues to work with Costco management to ensure appropriate infection prevention and control measures are being taken, including cleaning and disinfecting."

However, health officials are warning residents to stay home and only venture out when needed.

“All residents are encouraged to stay home when possible, limit trips outside the home, practice good hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing of at least two metres when in public,” read the statement. 

Yet, these aren't the only cases of COVID-19 that this area has seen over the past few weeks. 

A Longo's on Weston was shut down temporarily in late March after an employee tested positive. CTV News reports that eight staff members in total contracted the disease.

In response to this, Longo's announced that they'll be conducting contactless temperature checks for employees on a regular basis. This applies to Grocery Gateway workers as well. 

Costco remains one of the busiest essential stores as Canadians continue to stock up on supplies. In order to maintain social distancing, massive lines have been forming outside the store.

In fact, waiting in line for everything has become the new norm, especially in Toronto. Some report waiting for over an hour just to get their shopping done at grocery stores, the LCBO, and even Krispy Kreme.

However, managing store capacity is crucial as more and more store workers test positive for the disease in Ontario. 

An LCBO employee in North York tested positive in late March, leading to a two-week shutdown of the location. Around one week later, a Superstore location in Mississauga was closed after a positive test from one worker.

As for the Vaughan Costco cases, it has been said that the exposure risk for customers is low. The store is working with regional public health authorities to disinfect the space.

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