New cases of COVID-19 continue to spring up across the province and another was just found at a local grocery store in Ontario. A Mississauga Real Canadian Superstore (RCS) employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the store announced on Monday. The location in question has closed down temporarily for deep cleaning.
RCS, which is a supermarket chain owned by Loblaws, sent out an email to all of its customers on Monday evening, April 6, to inform them of the news.
In the message, the store confirmed the employee in question had not worked at the 3045 Mavis Rd. store at the intersection of Dundas and Mavis since Thursday, April 2.
"We are writing to inform you that a team member has recently tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19 at our Real Canadian Superstore Mavis & Dundas (3045 Mavis Road) location in Mississauga. Please note, this individual has not been in the store since April 2nd," reads the email.
The message also outlined what the store is doing in light of the positive test, including deep cleaning and sanitizing the store and working with the local public health authority.
It is also alerting any employees who may have come into close contact with the infected worker, as well as recent customers.
According to Mississauga.com, the location received results of a positive test on April 6 and Loblaws was made aware.
"We are reaching out to 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," said Loblaws spokesperson Catherine Thomas in a statement.
Narcity was on scene for a while and saw how entrances had tape bordering the area and shopping carts blocking the doors.
However, the only visible note to customers was a sign posted on the door stating that they are doing a deep clean of the store, aligning with the statement that was issued, and plan to reopen at 7 a.m. the next day.
It did not give any reason or further clue as to why this deep cleaning was necessary until the subsequent email that was sent to customers.
As for the employee, they are self-isolating at home and it appears their symptoms are mild, according to Mississauga.com.
This is the latest example of stores being hit by the virus in Ontario. Two LCBO locations have already had to close for cleaning due to positive tests.
Earlier on Monday, Ontario announced 309 new positive cases for April 6.
That overnight surge was actually the lowest it has been since March 31, almost one week ago.
Narcity reached out to the RCS location in question for comment but had not heard back at the time of writing.