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Winners-HomeSense confirm two COVID-19 cases involving Prince George employees

Company says it have enhanced cleaning protocols in place
Winners and HomeSense in Prince George has been confirmed to have had two employees test positive for COVID-19. (via Kyle Balzer, PrinceGeorgeMatters)

Another popular Prince George retailer has had employees contract COVID-19. 

In an emailed statement, Winners-HomeSense confirmed to PrinceGeorgeMatters two employees tested positive for the virus.

When asked dates the employees last worked, the company said it was 'made aware recently.' 

"At HomeSense and WINNERS, the health and wellbeing of our Associates and Customers is a top priority for us," spokesperson Jordan White said. 

"We have established a process to follow when we become aware of a positive case of COVID-19, which includes an enhanced, thorough cleaning of the store and contact tracing to minimize any potential spread at this location.

"Additionally, we continue to maintain numerous health protocols, including requiring Associates and Customers to wear a face covering in all of our stores; enhanced cleaning measures, including high-touch surfaces, throughout the day; occupancy limits; encouraging social distancing with in-store reminders; as well as daily Associate temperature checks and health self-assessments.

"We wish our Associates the best during their recovery."

Other retailers and restaurants in Prince George including Walmart, Canadian Tire, Real Canadian Superstore and Tim Hortons also recently had staff test positive for the virus. 

As of this publication (Dec. 11), Northern Health has recorded 1,199 cases of COVID-19 since March, including nine deaths.

There are currently 402 active cases, 14 people are in critical care among 43 total hospitalizations and 788 recoveries.