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Brandon is in the midst of what has been termed a “fairly large outbreak” of COVID-19 with some cases believed to be associated with community transmission not directly linked to a known cluster or known travel. As cases are learned about in employees, should there be a case of working while in a state of potential risk to visitors effected businesses are generally following the procedure of reporting the potential exposure date and time and temporarily closing to take appropriate measures before safely re-opening. This thread will be used as a place to share factual information on reported possible exposures as reported as well as any temporary closures. I would ask that folks keep in mind that measures at any named business are temporary and if too much time has passed since a post to check with your business of choice regarding their status. If you learn of a re-opening, please advise. The Province maintains an exposures link at: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/updates/flights.html At that link, the Province advises one to self-monitor for symptoms if at named locations on dates/times and to self-isolate if they develop. If one assesses that they should be tested, more information on COVID-19 testing in the province can be learned at https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/updates/testing.html
This discussion should in no way be seen as a replacement for the provincial exposures link and information that comes from contact tracing done by health officials. Any postings of closures must contain verifiable info... be it a photo of a sign in a door, a link to a corporate/business statement or a link to information from Provincial authorities. If I have connected directly with a business representative I will relay information. During this outbreak please take extra caution to follow guidelines from health authorities including physical distancing, frequent thorough hand washing and staying home if experiencing any symptoms. Wearing a mask in potential contact situations where physical distancing may not be possible is known to help limit the transmission of the virus.
Thank you to businesses that are promptly reporting potential exposures and taking the measures they're taking to help limit the spread of the virus in the community
Per signage posted at Shoppers Drug Mart on Victoria Ave East, the store is temporarily closed. Signage provides the store number for curbside pickup of prescription. I have an email in with corporate to see if they are able to provide further information.
Sign on the door of Shoppers Drug Mart on Victoria East says re-opening Monday (tomorrow). A statement from a spokesperson for Shoppers Drug Mart has indicated that they have reached out to the local public health team and have taken a number of steps to minimize risk, including increased sanitization protocols, enforcing social distancing practices in the store and an additional overnight cleaning during the closure. Staff who worked closely with the staff member who received the presumptive positive test result are now at home in self-isolation, monitoring for any symptoms.
Also the 2626 Victoria Ave McDonalds drive thru appears to be open this evening with signage posted that the dining room is temporarily closed.
Dr Roussin said at a press conference during the week that the Walmart case wasnt included on its list of potential exposures because the employee was not at work during the infectious period. He contrasted that with the Tim Hortons Middleton Ave August 1 notice that was put out because the employee in that case was determined to be at work during the infectious period (while also saying that risk for transmission was very low)
That distinction is going to be an important one going forward with these whether there are many more during this outbreak or further down the line during the pandemic. It’s not clear how either the McDonalds Victoria Ave or Shoppers Drug Victoria East cases have been assessed in that regard at the health official level or if investigation still ongoing.
Please see link below for statement from Heritage Coop on a positive test in an employee at Heritage Co-op’s Brandon Agro Location. NOT to be confused with other aspects of Coop such as the food store which are separate. An employee experienced symptoms last week and were immediately sent home to begin self isolation and be tested. The Brandon Agro and Westman Aerial Spraying locations are temporarily closed for deep cleaning. Employees who came in close contact are isolating and referred for testing: https://www.heritageco-op.crs/sites/heritage/local/detail/employee-tests-positive-for-covid-19-at-our-brandon-agro
Update at the link below re Westman Aerial Spraying and Brandon Agro. Westman Aerial Spraying has resumed normal operations after a deep clean. Brandon Agro closed to the public for the next several days with staff returning in phases. Contactless delivery or pickup available:
Via a Sobeys spokesperson in response to inquiry sent this afternoon: * * * * * Thank you, again, for getting in touch. We want our customers to shop with peace of mind knowing that we're doing everything possible to keep our stores safe. This particular case does not involve a store employee, but a customer who visited the store on August 7, 2020. Since this time, we have been in close contact with public health to review our latest cleaning protocols and have confirmed that we exceed the recommended and appropriate practices necessary to maintain a safe shopping environment. We will continue to vigilantly follow their guidance and act quickly on measures to keep our customers and employees healthy and safe. We are committed to full transparency and are posting confirmed employee cases of COVID-19 on our website. * * * * *
Statement from 7-Eleven Canada... * * * * * * * * * 7-Eleven Canada COVID-19 Update VANCOUVER, B.C., August 17, 2020 –7-Eleven Canada is notifying customers who may have visited its store at 3360 Victoria Ave., Brandon, Manitoba, that one of its associates has a confirmed case of COVID-19. The health and safety of our customers, employees and the communities we serve is the top priority for 7-Eleven Canada. We are working closely with the local health authority. Store staff are asked to self-isolate for 14 days with pay. Any customers who may have visited the store between August 5 to August 7 should monitor their symptoms and may contact Health Links for health guidance and information. Vendor and suppliers to the store also have been notified. As a neighbourhood store and convenient delivery provider in so many communities, 7-Eleven Canada has taken steps to prioritize the health of our customers and employees across our 636 stores in Canada. We have enhanced our standards and procedures for hygiene, handwashing, sanitation, food handling and preparation in stores, and increased the frequency of cleaning high-touch surfaces. We have installed sneeze guards at sales counters and visual floor markers in checkout lines to reinforce social distancing, as well as, limited customer traffic in stores. Store team members are also required to wear a face covering. * * * * * * *
Not quite Brandon, but I know that we have a lot of local folks that may frequent. From today's provincial update at the link below, the following potential exposure in Wasagaming: "Public health officials are advising of a potential exposure to COVID-19 may have occurred on Aug. 13 and 14 (3 to 10 p.m) and Aug. 15 (3 to 7 p.m.) at the Wigwam Restaurant located at 132 Wasagaming Dr. in Wasagaming. " https://news.gov.mb.ca/news/?archive=&item=49088
View this post on Instagram To our valued customers, friends, staff members, and family. In light of the recent Covid 19 exposure at the Wigwam, we will be closing our doors until August 30th. At that time, we will re-evaluate whether or not it is safe for all involved to open again. We have received countless messages of support and we really do appreciate them all. This is a difficult time for us and your kind words are very comforting. Fingers crossed this is an isolated case and we can see you all again soon. Take care of yourselves and each other out there! Stay safe everyone... u2764ufe0f A post shared by Wigwam Dining u0026amp; Lounge (@wigwamclearlake) on Aug 19, 2020 at 11:31am PDT
To our valued customers, friends, staff members, and family. In light of the recent Covid 19 exposure at the Wigwam, we will be closing our doors until August 30th. At that time, we will re-evaluate whether or not it is safe for all involved to open again. We have received countless messages of support and we really do appreciate them all. This is a difficult time for us and your kind words are very comforting. Fingers crossed this is an isolated case and we can see you all again soon. Take care of yourselves and each other out there! Stay safe everyone... u2764ufe0f
A post shared by Wigwam Dining u0026amp; Lounge (@wigwamclearlake) on Aug 19, 2020 at 11:31am PDT
The release distributed below was distributed by McDonalds Canada late last night. * * * * At McDonald’s Canada, our top priority is to protect the health and well-being of our people and our guests – it’s at the core of everything we do. On August 21st, an employee from 2626 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, reported that they are presumed positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to immediately shut down the restaurant for a thorough cleaning and sanitization by a certified third party. We are working to ensure our timeline to reopen happens as quickly and safely as possible as we know our guests depend on their local McDonald’s, and we are committed to doing our part to help our communities. All crew members who may have been in close contact with the employee have been asked to self-quarantine until further information is available. The employee worked their last shift on August 21st from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For any guests who may have visited the restaurant on August 21st, please take directions from the experts at the Manitoba Government by visiting their website at www.gov.mb.ca/covid19. In addition to our existing high standards of cleanliness, restaurants continue to demonstrate our Safety+ commitment, which includes enhanced safety measures to ensure every part of the McDonald’s experience is safe for our guests and employees. These measures include: * Hand sanitizer dispensers available inside the restaurant * High-touch surfaces and guest tables will be kept clean and sanitized * Floor markers to help guests keep their distance from one other * Front counters are fitted with protective screens * Clearly marked tables for dine-in to respect physical distancing * The number of guests permitted inside a restaurant at one time will be limited based on restaurant size. This also applies to outdoor seating spaces * Employees will wear gloves for taking payment and serving guests, and wear masks at all times while working in the restaurant * For everyone’s safety, we encourage guests to wear a mask or face covering when using our premises * In certain regions, masks or face coverings must be worn where required by public health authorities * Contactless payment options are available at the restaurant, and guests can also order using the McDonald’s mobile app and pay on their phone Maintaining the health and well-being of our crew and guests is our top priority, and we will continue to monitor and adapt measures, where necessary. We continue to work with the public health authorities to support our people and our guests, and look forward to getting back to serving our community as soon as we can. * * * *
Update: A McDonalds Canada spokesperson has advised that the restaurant since re-opened at 5am on Saturday morning.
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