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COVID-19 case confirmed for Salmon Arm Walmart employee

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May 01, 2020 - 3:07 PM

The Walmart Supercentre in Salmon Arm has had to take extra precautions after an associate tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee last worked April 24, a Walmart spokesperson has confirmed. 

"We are in contact with the associate and are keeping them in our thoughts. Everyone at Walmart wishes them a speedy recovery," said Adam Grachnik, director of corporate affairs with Walmart. "Out of an abundance of caution, associates identified as being in close prolonged contact have been directed to self-isolate. We also have regular enhanced cleaning in the store and other social distancing measures in place. We have been in contact with Public Health."

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At this time, there's no indication that other workers or customers at the store was infected. The store remains open while they mitigate the risk of spread.

Interior Health and the Ministry of Health refused to comment on the Walmart case specifically, but said when there is a confirmed case, Public Health reaches out directly to individuals who may have been exposed and offers health advice, according to IH communications officer Susan Duncan.

"When exposure occurs in public settings and it is unclear who might have been exposed, IH provides information and advice with the public. Outside that situation, we do not release information about individual cases," she said in an emailed statement. "For preventing spread of infectious illness, ordering a business to close is considered when there is risk of ongoing spread such as existence of an outbreak." 


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