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T&T Supermarket in Coquitlam reports multiple COVID-19 exposures

The popular Asian grocery chain in the heart of Coquitlam has had three employees test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
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A T&T employee cleans surfaces. Submitted

A popular Asian grocery chain in the heart of Coquitlam has had three employees test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Three workers at the T&T Supermarket at Coquitlam Centre tested positive for the coronavirus over the last several days, leading to exposure notices posted on Nov. 20, 21 and 23, according to the grocer. 

The employees last worked Nov. 17, 13 and 19, respectively, according to the exposure notice.

The positive cases are the only publicly acknowledged cases of COVID-19 at any of the chain’s Ontario, Alberta and B.C. stores in the last 14 days.

According to a notice on T&T’s website, the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive among the store’s employees stands at 0.25%. For reference, Fraser Health’s percent positivity rate peaked at 9.7% last week, before dropping to 9.2% by Sunday.

T&T said that following a confirmed case, stores undergo a deep cleaning within 24 hours. Any staff who had close contact with the infected worker is asked to self-isolate and later receive a negative test result before returning to work. The store also runs temperature checks for staff and customers and was one of the first major chains to implement a face mask policy in the Tri-Cities.

Further, in what it describes as a “2-degree quarantine,” if someone in a worker’s household has been exposed to a confirmed positive case, they are required to stay home. 

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