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Grocery giant Loblaw announces COVID-19 case at Coquitlam store

Dennis’ No Frills is the latest Coquitlam company to reveal public exposure
Dennis' No Frills on Como Lake Avenue
Dennis' No Frills on Como Lake Avenue announced on Facebook that a team member tested positive for COVID-19 but that health and safety protocols are in place to minimize exposure and that the person last worked at the store on Aug. 11.

A Coquitlam grocery store is the latest local company to reveal possible public exposure to COVID-19.

Dennis’ No Frills at 1916 Como Lake Ave., reported on its Facebook page that one of its team members recently tested positive for coronavirus.

However, the individual has not been at the store since Tuesday, Aug. 11, according to the Facebook post.

As well, the store has implemented daily sanitization and social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure to customers and team members.

The announcement was made on Facebook Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Loblaw, the parent company, reported the case on its website Aug. 16.

The Tri-City News reached out to to the company for further comment, as well as confirmation of another possible positive case involving a team member at a Real Canadian Superstore at 3000 Lougheed Highway earlier in the month.

While the earlier case was not confirmed, a Loblaw media spokesperson stated in an email it reports all positive cases on its website.

As well, Loblaw Public Relations noted that it has protocols in place to minimize the risk of exposure to the public.

“We want to assure our customers and colleagues that we take their safety very seriously, and throughout the pandemic have implemented a number of policies to ensure the safety of our team and our customers.

“Whenever we have a positive case, we arrange for additional cleaning, and we work closely with the local public health unit to determine the appropriate next steps, including identifying and notifying close contacts. Anyone who meets that criteria from the store is asked to go home, self isolate and monitor for symptoms.

“Generally, the risk to our customers remains low, due to the physical distancing and sanitization measures that have been in place in our stores for months. We post any positive cases on our website.”

Meanwhile, Dennis’ No Frills also went on to say that it takes safety of the public seriously.

“We understand that you may have questions and want to assure you we take your safety, and the safety of our team, very seriously. Please note, this individual has not been at the store since August 11th.

We have a number of protocols in place at the store-level, including daily sanitization and social distancing practices to minimize the risk of exposure to our customers and team members,” the Facebook post states.

Recently, two Coquitlam bars were revealed to have positive COVID-19 cases.

On its public exposure page, Fraser Health noted that the first exposure was at The Taphouse Coquitlam at 405 North Road #2, affecting anyone attending the location from 9 p.m. Aug. 1 to 2 a.m. Aug. 2.

The second exposure occurred at Charlie Hamiltons Pub at 1031-1163 Pinetree Way (facing Lincoln Avenue) on Aug 4 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m

The health authority recommended that members of the public monitor for symptoms.

Later, Fraser Health announced it would change its procedures to let companies know about cases before posting them on its website.

The public announcements are only made in cases where contact tracing may not be able to find everyone who may have been in contact with the individual who tested positive.

Fraser Health has not listed Dennis’ No Frills on its public exposure page.