Third Kamloops Home Hardware employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Halston Connector business is updating the situation on its Facebook page, with dates and times the employees last worked before being tested and going into self-isolation.

A third employee at Kamloops Home Hardware has tested positive for COVID-19 and the business has updated its Facebook page with new information.

The third employee to test positive was last in the Halston Connector store on Friday, Nov. 6, working in the paint department from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Two other employees earlier tested positive. One employee last worked on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as a cashier. The other employee last worked on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the contractor sales department.

All three employees are self-isolating. Co-workers who may have been in close contact with the trio who tested positive are also self-isolating and getting tested, per Interior Health guidelines.

Home Hardware dealer-owner Rick Kurzac said increased safety protocols have been undertaken in the store, including:

• Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the entire store and following an enhanced sanitization schedule.

• Masks mandatory for all staffer members.

• Customers asked to wear masks.

• Frequent hand-washing by all employees.

• Daily screening protocols for all employees.

• Enforcing physical-distancing measures.

• Conducting immediate contact tracing for employees.

Home Hardware closed its doors on Remembrance Day to undertake a deep clean of the store. It reopened on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Anybody with questions can contact Kamloops Home Hardware dealer owner Kurzac by email at

Home Hardware is the second store in Kamloops this past week to report publicly on positive COVID-19 tests among employees.

An employee at the McDonald’s outlet in Walmart tested positive on Nov. 8, prompting closure and cleaning of the restaurant on that day. It reopened on Nov. 9.

That employee was last at work on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Any customers who may have visited Home Hardware or McDonald’s and have health concerns are advised to take directions from the BC Centre for Disease Control by visiting its website at

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