Braemar Atlantic Superstore closes for a third time after COVID-19 exposure

The Atlantic Superstore on Braemar Drive in Dartmouth, N.S., has closed for the third time this month after an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

People were being directed away from the store on Friday and cleaning staff could be seen at the location.

Mark Boudreau, the director of corporate affairs with Loblaw Atlantic, confirmed the closure to Global News in an email.

“We did close our Atlantic Superstore at 9 Braemar Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia this morning, as one of our colleagues has recently tested positive for COVID-19,” said Boudreau on Friday.

The store has been closed as Loblaw Atlantic works with the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s (NSHA) public health unit.

The Braemar Drive Atlantic Superstore is expected to reopen on Saturday once Loblaw officials have identified all workers who need to self-isolate and they have thoroughly disinfected the store.

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Boudreau said the risk to the store’s customers is low and that they’ve increased sanitization and social distancing practices.

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Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.

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