Walmart confirms Kingston employee has tested positive for COVID-19

KFL&A Public Health engaged in contact tracing

Walmart has confirmed one of its Kingston, Ont., employees has tested positive for COVID-19.

The company says the employee last worked at the store Sept. 10. The news of the positive case was first circulated on social media Tuesday night, and Global News later confirmed the information with Walmart.

“An associate from our Kingston Walmart store has recently tested positive for COVID-19. We’re keeping the associate in our thoughts and wish them a continued speedy recovery,” Walmart said in a statement sent to Global News Tuesday night.

Tuesday night at city council, Dr. Kieran Moore, medical officer of health for the region, said public health was investigating around 40 close contacts for one positive case in the region.

Wednesday, public health said they couldn’t confirm whether that was the case linked to Walmart, saying all active cases in the area are still under investigation.

Walmart says they have asked some employees linked to the person who tested positive to self-isolate, but haven’t specified how many.

“Out of an abundance of caution, associates identified as being in close contact have been directed to self-isolate. We are in contact with local public health.”

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Walmart said safety at all their stores continues to be a top priority.

“Rest assured, we will continue to take measures to support the well-being of our customers and associates.”

Tuesday, KFL&A Public Health identified two new cases of COVID-19 in the region, found in two women in their 20s. The mode of transmission for those two new cases is still under investigation.

Currently, there are five active cases of the virus in the region.

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