BIG – Ben’s Independent Grocer – just announced the closure of their store at The Linc after at least one employee tested positive for COVID-19.
Find out what happened, and if you should be concerned!
BIG @ The Linc : One Employee Positive For COVID-19
On 5 January 2021, BIG announced that an employee at their store at The Linc tested positive for COVID-19 on 27 December 2020.
They sanitised BIG @ The Linc on the same day – 27 December 2020 – and sent all employees identified as close contacts for a swab test and home quarantine.
However, they only announced this 9 days later, together with their announcement that BIG @ The Linc would be closed today – 5 January 2021 – for a second round of sanitisation.
BIG @ The Linc COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement
Here is the official statement by BIG on the COVID-19 exposure at their store at The Linc.
BIG @ The Linc COVID-19 Exposure : What’s The Risk?
The declaration and store closure NINE DAYS after their employee tested positive is peculiar.
More so when they mentioned that MOH will conduct contact tracing. It’s either bad grammar, or suggests that there may have been more than just that one case.
Until they reveal more information, there’s no way to assess how much risk the affected employee(s) posed to BIG customers.
In any case, they are correct that we need to take our own precautionary measures to protect ourselves.
It is critical that we wear a face mask in public at all times, as it greatly reduces the risk of infection.
COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotspots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
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