Vernon Starbucks outlet temporarily closed over COVID-19 concerns

Two employees exhibit symptoms at Anderson Way location; company puts protocol into action

One Vernon coffee house is closed temporarily after employees began experiencing novel coronavirus symptoms last week.

Starbucks is confirming two partners (employees) at the Anderson Way location exhibited the symptoms, and the outlet immediately activated COVID-19 protocols, which includes closing the facility.

“Both partners were sent home and went to be tested, and we initiated a deep clean, following all recommended guidelines from public health authorities,” said Starbucks in a statement to the Morning Star.

“Both partners and other partners who have worked in close contact are self-isolating and are being paid for the time they miss during the self-isolation period.

“We take seriously our responsibility to keep our partners and customers safe. Starbucks initiated a deep clean and followed all recommended guidelines from public health authorities. “

The outlet is expected to reopen July 31.

Anyone who thinks they may have the virus or has been exposed to it is being urged not to panic, and most importantly to stay home.

Anyone in B.C. who develops symptoms should first call HealthLink BC, by dialing 811, to talk to a health care worker and determine the most appropriate next steps.

The nurses at HealthLink BC will complete an exposure risk assessment of callers with compatible symptoms, such as cough or influenza-like symptoms. In some cases, nurses may suggest a caller go see a health care provider for assessment and testing, either at an urgent primary care centre or walk-in clinic.

READ MORE: Do you think you have COVID-19? Here is what to do next

READ MORE: Over 60 cases of COVID-19 related to Kelowna cluster



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