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Blazers Mini Mart in Minnedosa has closed its doors to the public after an owner tested positive for COVID-19, according to a post on Facebook.
"One of the owners of Blazers tested positive yesterday, July 29th; and had worked the morning shift on Saturday, July 25th," Matteo Lisoway posted on the What’s Happening, Minnedosa!!! Facebook page Thursday.
"We closed the store as soon as we learned of this information."
The Sun was unable to determine Lisoway’s involvement with the store. Lisoway did not respond to a request for comment.
Blazers Mini Mart is a convenience store along Main Street in Minnedosa.
A note taped to the door reads: "Closed due to possible exposure to COVID-19."
A phone call to the store was not answered Thursday afternoon.
"Health officials are contacting people who have come into close contact with this person," the post reads.
"All of Blazers staff is getting testing done, and the store will be professionally cleaned and sanitized. We are unsure of an open date at this time. Thank you very much Minnedosa for your continued support, and we hope everyone stays safe."
Reaction to the news was mainly positive in reponses to the post.
"Thank you for your openness and responsible action to the illness and test," one person wrote. "It is a global pandemic, it can travel anywhere. ... I wish for a speedy recovery to anyone who is ill and hope that the community supports you once you are able to safely open again."
Another wrote: "Thank you for the consideration and care for our community & for notifying the community this way. We are all in this together."
Others, however, expressed concerns over the news along with their well wishes.
"Sorry to be this guy; but if the incubation period can be up to 2 weeks before the onset of symptoms, was that owner in the store at any other point in July, or any other establishments within that 2 week period?" one person wrote. "I’m glad the store is closed and appropriate measures have been taken, but the 25th to the 29th covers 4 days, what about the 14 days preceding the work date of July 25th? We know all the facts about this virus, so these questions will come up."
Another wrote: "So, what exactly does this mean for the community? Does anyone and everyone who has been in there since Saturday morning need to be tested, even if they don’t have symptoms? Do they quarantine for 14 days to be sure?"
Meanwhile, two new cases of COVID-19 were identified in Manitoba as of Thursday morning.
Both are men in their 30s in the Prairie Mountain Health region, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, Dr. Brent Roussin, said during a news conference in Winnipeg.
There are now 41 confirmed cases to date in Prairie Mountain Health.
The two cases reported Thursday bring the total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba to 409.
The current five-day COVID-19 test positivity rate is 0.40 per cent, public health officials reported.
Six people are currently in hospital with the virus; four of them in intensive care.
There are 76 active cases and 325 individuals have recovered from COVID-19.
An additional 1,179 laboratory tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total number of tests completed since early February to 87,548.
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