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Workers at two grocery stores and pharmacy in Thompson-Okanagan test positive for COVID-19

Penticton's Real Canadian Superstore is seen in this screenshot from Google Street View.

There have been several possible COVID-19 exposures at retail outlets owned by Loblaw Companies Ltd. in the Thompson-Okanagan — after employees tested positive for the virus — including Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore and Extra Foods.

The company reported today, Jan. 29, that an employee who tested positive for the virus worked at Merritt’s Extra Foods on Forksdale Road, Jan. 24.

A Vernon Shoppers Drug Mart employee also tested positive for COVID-19. They last worked at the location at 4376 27 St., Jan 23. The case was reported Jan. 27.

At Real Canadian Superstore in Penticton, three employees were found with the virus. One employee worked Jan. 15, while the other two last worked on Jan. 21. The store is located at 100 - 2210 Main St.

A statement issued on the Loblaw website encourages employees to wear masks, particularly where physical distancing was not possible.

The company does not say whether employees contracted the virus while they were at work.

Loblaw provides updates regarding positive COVID-19 cases on its website for the previous 15 days.

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