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Eight more COVID cases confirmed among staff between both Barrie Walmart stores

Company official says those cases include five employees at the south-end location and three at the north-end store

Eight more Walmart employees in Barrie have tested positive for COVID-19, the company has confirmed.

According to an email obtained by BarrieToday, Walmart Canada has informed its suppliers and service partners of the new cases over the past few days at both the north- and south-end Barrie locations.

This information was confirmed by Walmart corporate affairs manager Felicia Fefer.

The employees at the Mapleview Drive West store last worked Feb. 15, Feb. 25 (two people), Feb. 26 and Feb. 27.

Meanwhile, the employees at the Bayfield Street store last worked on Feb. 13, Feb. 16 and Feb. 20.

In a BarrieToday story published on Feb. 26, an additional 10 cases were confirmed between the city’s two store locations, dating from Jan. 16 to Feb. 20.

In that article, Fefer said anyone in close contact with someone with a positive case was told to self-isolate.

“We’re keeping the associates in our thoughts and wish them a speedy recovery," she said at the time. "We conducted a deep cleaning in each of the stores. Out of an abundance of caution, associates identified as being in close, prolonged contact have been directed to self-isolate.”

BarrieToday asked twice on Feb. 26, and again on Monday and Tuesday, what a "deep clean" entails. No one from Walmart Canada responded.