Employees at 2 T&T stores test positive for COVID-19 in Markham

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Employees at two different T&T stores in Markham tested positive for COVID-19, the company announced Jan. 10.

The Woodbine store, 9255 Woodbine Ave., is one of the most popular Asian supermarkets. An associate there tested positive and the last day they worked was Jan. 4.

The Warden, 7070 Warden Ave., also reported a confirmed case. The last day that employee worked was Jan. 6.

All close contacts of positive cases are thoroughly identified by CCTV review and overnight deep cleaning was arranged immediately following the positive cases, the company’s COVID-19 update said.

"What is unique about the two new cases, is not that we have a positive case, it is that these specific stores have not had a single positive COVID-19 case since the start of the pandemic until Jan. 10," Tina Lee, CEO of T&T Supermarket, said.

Give the growing communal spread of the virus and T&T operating as an essential business, Lee believes that, reaching 347 days COVID-free is quite a statistical achievement, which proves the measures they have taken in the stores have been effective and worthwhile.

As of Jan. 10, T&T’s positive case rate in Ontario is 0.27%, Lee added.

"Protecting our frontline staff is protecting our guests," Lee said. "That’s why we have installed HEPA air purifiers and plexiglass partitions in staff lunchrooms and all stores' HVAC ventilation filters have been replaced and upgraded to higher-rated filters."

In addition, T&T has implemented a two-degree quarantine, which means staff members do not come to work if someone living in the same household has been exposed to a confirmed positive case.

Lee also suggests customers shop during off-peak hours, such as mornings and weekdays, and limit the number of shoppers per household.

"T&T will keep publicly updating our COVID-19 cases and encourage all retailers to do the same," she said. "Twenty 21 is going to require all of us to be even more careful individually and collectively to maintain a safer community."

Scarlett Liu, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Economist & Sun