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Confirmed COVID-19 outbreak at Walmart Trenton

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, Medical Officer of Health and CEO at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak at Walmart Trenton, effective Dec. 5. At the time of release, HPEPH has confirmed four cases of COVID-19 worked at the facility during their contagious period.

“HPEPH is working together with Walmart Trenton to identify contacts of these positive cases,” he said. “All high-risk contacts related to this outbreak will be instructed by HPEPH to self-isolate immediately and to get tested. High-risk contacts are required to remain in isolation for a minimum of 14 days after their exposure, regardless of test results.”

At the recommendation of HPEPH, Walmart Trenton has advised all staff with potential workplace exposure to the positive cases to remain at home until HPEPH completes the case investigation and contact tracing process.

“This preventative measure will allow the time necessary to identify high-risk workplace contacts and ensure the risk to staff and customers of Walmart Trenton remains low.”

In addition to existing infection control measures, Walmart Trenton stated it completed deep cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces before opening today and an Infection Prevention and Control inspection is being conducted by HPEPH.

While Public Health states the risk of transmission to customers is relatively low, individuals who shopped at Walmart Trenton on Nov. 28, 29, Dec. 1, 2, or 3 are encouraged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

Staff who worked at the facility but were not identified as high-risk contacts are instructed to monitor for symptoms as well. These individuals are not required to isolate unless they are otherwise instructed to do so by HPEPH. Any individuals who develop symptoms are advised to book an appointment at an assessment centre and get tested.

“We are working together with Walmart Trenton to respond to this outbreak and are confident they have implemented recommended precautionary measures to reduce risk for their staff and customers,” said Oglaza. “We recognize that the declaration of outbreak may cause concern for staff and customers of the facility, and the community can be reassured that we are working diligently to communicate directly with all high-risk contacts and reduce the risk of transmission both in the facility and the community.

“All residents are reminded that no one is immune to the virus and some individuals may be exposed despite their best efforts. Be kind to one another as we work together to stop the spread of this virus.”

To reduce your risk and the risk to those you care about:
– stay home when you are sick, even with mild symptoms;
– always physical distance from those outside your household;
wear a mask when physical distancing is difficult or not possible;
– wash your hands often and clean frequently touched surfaces;
– monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek testing if symptoms develop.

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