Tim Hortons/Petro-Canada employee in Brampton tests positive for COVID-19
TORONTO -- A person who worked at a joint Petro-Canada and Tim Hortons in Brampton has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown confirmed Sunday morning that the individual worked at the 11980 Hurontario Street location.
Brown aked anyone who went there for gas, coffee of supplies between March 9 and 20 to self-isolate for 14 days.
“I will note that Peel Public Health has said that in this case it would be transient exposure which isn’t as significant of a risk but I think right now caution is the key word and we all need to embrace an abundance of caution,” he said.
“If you went there even just to fill up or even just to get coffee I would as a precaution self-isolate for 14 days.”
But the Region of Peel sent out a news release Sunday afternoon saying that customers are not considered to be at risk of COVID-19.
"Following a thorough investigation, close contacts of that individual were contacted and directed to self-isolate," officials stated.
"The investigation also determined that none of these close contacts were customers and that no public exposure had occurred."
The location was temporarily closed in order for the building to be “thoroughly” cleaned and sanitized.
"Our public health team was able to identify and contact all individuals impacted. This meant that broad public notification was not needed to identify anyone else who may have been exposed to COVID-19," Dr. Lawrence Loh, interim medical officer of health, said.
"Unfortunately, this situation has caused considerable concern in the community."
Petro-Canada and Tim Hortons said their staff have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days.