An employee at the Valleyview Shoppers Drug Mart has tested positive for COVID-19, the store’s parent company is reporting.
The team member tested positive on a presumptive test for the virus, Loblaws reported on its website, Friday (Oct.23).
The last day the person worked was Oct. 18, according to the company.
The Valleyview Shoppers Drug Mart is located at 2121 East Trans Canada Hwy.
Spokesperson Susan Duncan said Interior Health has no information to share regarding this specific case.
"Just because people hear about a case that appears to be in a public setting does not mean the public was at risk," Duncan said in an email. "IH public health has a robust contact tracing process and anyone at risk of exposure to any case will be contacted directly by IH public health. If you have not heard from IH, you are safe to carry on with regular activities in concert with public health safety measures."
If there is a broader risk to other individuals or the community, Interior Health will issue a public notification if its medical health officers deem it necessary, which appears not to have been the case in the Valleyview case, given it is absent from IH's exposures list.
Duncan said some businesses choose to issue their own notifications, but in many cases, that is not happening at the request of public health.
She said the reason IH does not list all cases is in order to maintain people's privacy and trust so they feel comfortable coming forward to get tested.
"Identifying initial cases is at the heart of our contact tracing process that reduces further exposures in our communities,” Duncan said. “We can't do that if people are afraid to come forward.”