Walmart store in Canada hit with outbreak of COVID-19 infections
A Walmart store in Edmonton is dealing with an COVID-19 outbreak after a dozen employees tested positive for the disease.
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the the company confirmed that the South Park Walmart Supercentre location on Calgary Trail had twelve employees who contracted coronavirus.
"We are keeping the associates in out thoughts and wish them a speedy recovery," Felicia Fefer, manager of corporate affairs, said in an email to Freshdaily.
As a result of the outbreak, Fefer said that the workers who came in close contact with those who tested positive have been directed to self-isolate.
"The store is currently closed and will reopen in the coming days when we can offer the very best experience for our customers. We will be conducting a deep cleaning," Fefer said, adding that they are working closely with Alberta Health Services.
"Rest assured, we will continue to take measures to ensure the well-being of our customers and associates."
On Monday, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that they are unsure of the origin of the outbreak, which at the time, only included eight employees.
An Edmonton Walmart Supercentre has 8 active cases among staff. The Lilydale chicken plant in Calgary has 24 cases w/3 recovered, the Cargill Case Ready plant has 1 active case w/6 recovered & the Harmony Meat Plant has 66 active case w/3 recovered. (4/10)— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) August 31, 2020
There are currently over 1,300 active COVID-19 cases in the province for a total of over 13,000 cases.
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