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Lumber yard employee tests positive for COVID-19


ST. PAUL - A message posted on the Cornerstone Co-op website on May 1 confirmed an employee at the St. Paul lumber yard had tested positive for COVID-19.

"The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly in our province, communities, and locations. Today, a part-time member of our team in our St. Paul Lumber Yard tested positive for the COVID-19 Virus. As a precaution, they were self-isolating prior to the test," according to the statement, signed by general manager Graham Getz.

"As you’d expect, our focus is to do everything we can for our team member, and the other team members at this location."

A number of actions were taken upon learning of the positive test, including investigating the employee’s recent shifts and direct contacts to identify and support any colleagues who should self-isolate. Also, Co-op will ensure the employee has the resources needed.

St. Paul Home Centre and Lumber Yard was closed early Friday to "immediately and effectively sanitize the store, and yard equipment and office - exceeding the recommendations of AHS on the guidelines of public health - over and above our enhanced, daily cleaning protocols put in place at the start of COVID-19."

Getz said he was confident that the already high standards for cleaning and diligent social distancing efforts minimized any customer or colleague contamination.

"We continue to prioritize your health and safety and are taking these measures to ensure our team members and our customers are safe," said Getz, adding a thank you to everyone for their patience as Cornerstone Co-op works through the necessary steps.

The St. Paul Home Centre and Lumber Yard was scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. on May 2.

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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