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St. Albert Lowe's customers asked to monitor symptoms of COVID-19

An employee, who last worked on Sept. 16, tested positive for the virus.
Customers who visited the St. Albert Lowe's store between Sept. 9 and Sept. 16 are being asked to monitor for symptoms after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. SCREENSHOT

Customers who shopped at the St. Albert Lowe's store between Sept. 9 and 16 are being asked to monitor symptoms after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

The person last worked at the store as a cashier on Sept. 16 between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Staff were notified of the positive test on Sept. 23, a statement reads.

"We've been open through the whole pandemic since it started in late March. This is the first positive test that we've had in our store," said assistant store manager John Walker.

A third-party cleaning company was hired to clean and sanitize the store overnight, he said. 

The store reopened the next day on Sept. 24, and the store was cleaned for a second time that night. The store also notified public health officials and discussed measures taken at the store before reopening.

"We encourage customers who visited the store between September 9-16 inclusive to monitor for symptoms until September 30 inclusive (for those who visited the store on September 16), and call Alberta Health Link 811 if needed," a statement reads.

The employee who tested positive is self-isolating and will only be allowed back at the store after receiving a negative test result. Other employees have been tested for COVID-19 as well, and those results have come back negative, Walker said.

"We do wear masks, we do sanitize regularly. We have sanitizing stations as soon as you come in the store, and our shopping carts are disinfected on a daily basis."

Brittany Gervais

About the Author: Brittany Gervais

Brittany Gervais joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2020. She writes about city hall, business, general news and features.
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