‘At least 10’ Loblaws warehouse employees worked while symptomatic with COVID-19: AHS

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As well, inspectors said sanitization and disinfection protocol is unclear at the facilities, not enough information about the virus is being provided to staff and documentation by management on measures in place to prevent COVID-19 spread is lacking.

AHS ordered Loblaws to implement daily screening, maintain records and ensure mask use is consistent. The company also must provide AHS with a detailed COVID-19 risk mitigation plan and materials they will provide to employees regarding the virus.

Loblaws said Friday the conditions outlined in the resulting report fall short of company expectations.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, the safety of our team members has been at the forefront of everything we do,” the company’s emailed statement said. “Specifically at our distribution centres, we have put a number of protocols in place, including daily health screening, increased sanitization efforts, and physical distancing requirements.

“The report from AHS is not in line with our expectations for a site, and we’re working closely with the local public health team on next steps and any recommendations.”

Westfair Foods warehouse located at 55 Freeport Blvd. N.E. Photo by Google Streetview

Warehouses and distribution sites in Calgary and the surrounding area have seen a number of COVID-19 outbreaks during Alberta’s second wave.

At the Balzac warehouse of Sobeys, another grocery chain, nine cases have been detected in an ongoing outbreak, with two still active.

Alberta Health also considers three individual Walmart distribution locations to have active outbreaks. There are 23 combined cases across the company’s Calgary, Balzac and Rocky View County warehouses, with only one remaining active.

The largest active warehouse outbreak in the Calgary region is at Amazon’s Rocky View County site, where 114 infections have been reported, with 22 still active.

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