By Trevor Busch
Taber’s 7-Eleven convenience store on 50th Avenue will be closed until at least Aug. 9 after the company announced on Saturday one of its employees had a confirmed case of COVID-19.
A statement from 7-Eleven Canada released on July 25 warned customers who may have recently visited the 5023 50th Avenue location of the potential for infection.
“The health and safety of our customers, employees and the communities we serve is the top priority for 7-Eleven Canada. We are asking store staff to self-isolate, with pay, for 14 days. Any customers who may have visited the store between July 13 – 25 can visit ahs.ca/covid to access the COVID-19 online self-assessment tool and other health information. We have temporarily closed the store to thoroughly clean and sanitize the location. We plan to re-open the store on or before August 9, 2020, in consultation with Alberta Health Services.”
As of July 27, provincial government statistics show 17 active cases in the M.D. of Taber, which is also currently on the provincial watch list. In the South zone, there are 142 active cases with 1,441 recovered.
Of those, 10 are in hospital and two are in intensive care. There have been 186 confirmed deaths in Alberta, with 16 in the South zone.
As of the latest update, 8,774 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19.
There are currently 88 people in hospital, 17 of whom are in intensive care. Total active cases province-wide are now 1,430. To date, there are 1,516 cases which have an unknown exposure.
Active “outbreaks” in the South zone acknowledged by AHS are currently confined to the Medicine Hat area, at South Country Village (supportive living site) and Friesen Livestock Ltd.
Outbreaks in acute care and continuing care facilities are reported publicly when there are two or more cases, indicating that a transmission within the facility has occurred. Outbreaks at other facilities or in the community are reported publicly when there are five or more cases.
Like other companies directly involved in serving the public, 7-Eleven Canada indicated all reasonable measures were in place at its downtown Taber location (5023 50th Avenue) to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
“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 that reinforce social distancing, as well as limit customer traffic in stores.”