Walmart store in Ancaster says employee tested positive for COVID-19

News Jun 04, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

An employee at the Ancaster Walmart location on Garner Road tested positive for the coronavirus June 3.

Walmart staff were informed by the store manager of the positive test in the late evening at the 1051 Garner Rd. W. store.

Any staff who had contact with the employee has been contacted and is being asked to self-isolate, said Felicia Fefer, manager of corporate affairs for Walmart Canada in an emailed statement.

Fefer said the company will “continue to take measures necessary” to ensure the “well-being of our customers and associates.”

The staff member who tested positive last worked May 27, said Fefer. Public health officials have been informed.

“We are in contact with associates and are keeping them in our thoughts,” said Fefer.

Store employees, though, are “at more risk than ever” after the positive test, said one individual who works at the store.

The individual, who did not want to be identified because of concerns of repercussions, said staff was told about the positive test late in the evening of June 3.

The person, who returned to work June 4, said employees had wanted to know the identity of the employee who tested positive, for safety concerns, but Walmart officials said the individual’s identity will remain private. Walmart officials told staff the employee did not show any symptoms of the coronavirus, said the individual.

“That doesn’t, however, cover in a big and busy store the issue that many employees come in contact, indirect, with each other through the handling of products or equipment within the store without knowledge,” the person stated.

The individual said several store employees have complained about “unsafe work conditions” because of too many customers crowding in aisles or areas of the store that do not allow employees to work in a safe environment.

Fefer said the store will see a number of heightened safety protocols, including increased cleaning measures; temperature checks for all employees are continuing at the start of every shift; officials are limiting the number of customers shopping in the store at one time; ongoing cleaning of the shopping carts; encouraging regular handwashing and offering staff gloves, masks and requesting they regularly clean their work areas.

The store is not considering closing, employees were told at the meeting.

The company has installed Plexiglas dividers at registers, customer service desks at pharmacies and floor markings and one-way aisles have been established for physical distancing, said Fefer.

Meanwhile, Fefer said Walmart did provide all hourly store and distribution associations with a one-time bonus as well as a $2 pay premium for April and May, but the pay rates have returned to previous levels starting June 1.

She said the company has introduced other “new supports” including EQ care, providing all staff access to Telehealth care professionals, including mental health and counselling.

“(Employees) are truly showing the Walmart spirit by rising to the challenge in these unprecedented times,” said Fefer.

Fefer said Walmart continues to “support” employees by “accelerating” $16 million in bonus payments for hourly associates that will be provided based on the store’s first quarter performance rather than the normal yearly performance standard. And the company is launching three more enhanced discount days during the summer allowing staff a 20 per cent discount on purchases, she said.

Ancaster Walmart store says employee tested positive for COVID-19

News Jun 04, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

An employee at the Ancaster Walmart location on Garner Road tested positive for the coronavirus June 3.

Walmart staff were informed by the store manager of the positive test in the late evening at the 1051 Garner Rd. W. store.

Any staff who had contact with the employee has been contacted and is being asked to self-isolate, said Felicia Fefer, manager of corporate affairs for Walmart Canada in an emailed statement.

Fefer said the company will “continue to take measures necessary” to ensure the “well-being of our customers and associates.”

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The staff member who tested positive last worked May 27, said Fefer. Public health officials have been informed.

“We are in contact with associates and are keeping them in our thoughts,” said Fefer.

Store employees, though, are “at more risk than ever” after the positive test, said one individual who works at the store.

The individual, who did not want to be identified because of concerns of repercussions, said staff was told about the positive test late in the evening of June 3.

The person, who returned to work June 4, said employees had wanted to know the identity of the employee who tested positive, for safety concerns, but Walmart officials said the individual’s identity will remain private. Walmart officials told staff the employee did not show any symptoms of the coronavirus, said the individual.

“That doesn’t, however, cover in a big and busy store the issue that many employees come in contact, indirect, with each other through the handling of products or equipment within the store without knowledge,” the person stated.

The individual said several store employees have complained about “unsafe work conditions” because of too many customers crowding in aisles or areas of the store that do not allow employees to work in a safe environment.

Fefer said the store will see a number of heightened safety protocols, including increased cleaning measures; temperature checks for all employees are continuing at the start of every shift; officials are limiting the number of customers shopping in the store at one time; ongoing cleaning of the shopping carts; encouraging regular handwashing and offering staff gloves, masks and requesting they regularly clean their work areas.

The store is not considering closing, employees were told at the meeting.

The company has installed Plexiglas dividers at registers, customer service desks at pharmacies and floor markings and one-way aisles have been established for physical distancing, said Fefer.

Meanwhile, Fefer said Walmart did provide all hourly store and distribution associations with a one-time bonus as well as a $2 pay premium for April and May, but the pay rates have returned to previous levels starting June 1.

She said the company has introduced other “new supports” including EQ care, providing all staff access to Telehealth care professionals, including mental health and counselling.

“(Employees) are truly showing the Walmart spirit by rising to the challenge in these unprecedented times,” said Fefer.

Fefer said Walmart continues to “support” employees by “accelerating” $16 million in bonus payments for hourly associates that will be provided based on the store’s first quarter performance rather than the normal yearly performance standard. And the company is launching three more enhanced discount days during the summer allowing staff a 20 per cent discount on purchases, she said.

Ancaster Walmart store says employee tested positive for COVID-19

News Jun 04, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

An employee at the Ancaster Walmart location on Garner Road tested positive for the coronavirus June 3.

Walmart staff were informed by the store manager of the positive test in the late evening at the 1051 Garner Rd. W. store.

Any staff who had contact with the employee has been contacted and is being asked to self-isolate, said Felicia Fefer, manager of corporate affairs for Walmart Canada in an emailed statement.

Fefer said the company will “continue to take measures necessary” to ensure the “well-being of our customers and associates.”

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The staff member who tested positive last worked May 27, said Fefer. Public health officials have been informed.

“We are in contact with associates and are keeping them in our thoughts,” said Fefer.

Store employees, though, are “at more risk than ever” after the positive test, said one individual who works at the store.

The individual, who did not want to be identified because of concerns of repercussions, said staff was told about the positive test late in the evening of June 3.

The person, who returned to work June 4, said employees had wanted to know the identity of the employee who tested positive, for safety concerns, but Walmart officials said the individual’s identity will remain private. Walmart officials told staff the employee did not show any symptoms of the coronavirus, said the individual.

“That doesn’t, however, cover in a big and busy store the issue that many employees come in contact, indirect, with each other through the handling of products or equipment within the store without knowledge,” the person stated.

The individual said several store employees have complained about “unsafe work conditions” because of too many customers crowding in aisles or areas of the store that do not allow employees to work in a safe environment.

Fefer said the store will see a number of heightened safety protocols, including increased cleaning measures; temperature checks for all employees are continuing at the start of every shift; officials are limiting the number of customers shopping in the store at one time; ongoing cleaning of the shopping carts; encouraging regular handwashing and offering staff gloves, masks and requesting they regularly clean their work areas.

The store is not considering closing, employees were told at the meeting.

The company has installed Plexiglas dividers at registers, customer service desks at pharmacies and floor markings and one-way aisles have been established for physical distancing, said Fefer.

Meanwhile, Fefer said Walmart did provide all hourly store and distribution associations with a one-time bonus as well as a $2 pay premium for April and May, but the pay rates have returned to previous levels starting June 1.

She said the company has introduced other “new supports” including EQ care, providing all staff access to Telehealth care professionals, including mental health and counselling.

“(Employees) are truly showing the Walmart spirit by rising to the challenge in these unprecedented times,” said Fefer.

Fefer said Walmart continues to “support” employees by “accelerating” $16 million in bonus payments for hourly associates that will be provided based on the store’s first quarter performance rather than the normal yearly performance standard. And the company is launching three more enhanced discount days during the summer allowing staff a 20 per cent discount on purchases, she said.