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Port Coquitlam Walmart confirms COVID-19 among staff

Two staff members at the Walmart in Port Coquitlam have tested positive for COVID-19, while an unspecified number of others have been put into self-isolation.
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The Walmart Supercentre in Port Coquitlam had two staff recently test positive for COVID-19

Two employees at Walmart in Port Coquitlam have tested positive for COVID-19, confirmed a spokesperson for the company Tuesday. 

One of the staff members was last on the job Oct. 21, while the other last worked Oct. 12. 

Other workers at the store identified as having had close and prolonged contact with the two employees have also been directed to self-isolate, though the Walmart Canada spokesperson did not specify how many people from the workplace are now off the job, nor if any members of the public are at risk.

The store, located at 2150 Hawkins Street, is now conducting a “deep cleaning” and is working with Fraser Health contact tracers. 

“Safety continues to be a top priority at Walmart,” wrote Walmart Canada spokesperson Felicia Fefer in an email Tuesday. “Rest assured, we will continue to take measures to support the well-being of our customers and associates.”

Some of those measures include, increased cleaning, staff temperature checks at the beginning of each shift, limiting the number of shoppers in a store at any given time and the installation of Plexiglass dividers at check out locations. 

Floor markings to help maintain social distancing and a mandatory mask policy for both employees and customers are also part of the stores measures to help stem the spread of the virus, according to Fefer. 

This is the second publicly-acknowledged set of COVID-19 cases at a Tri-City Walmart. In April, the Tri-City News learned an employee at the Walmart at Coquitlam Centre had tested positive for the contagion.