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UPDATE: 2 One Mart employees test positive for COVID-19

- business said 75% of staff vaccinated but asks unvaccinated to quarantine @ home
Test results conducted on three One Mart employees on Sunday, June 27 2021 show that two of the three staff members have contracted COVID-19. Photo: Internet Source
Unvaccinated employees of One Mart have been told to self isolate at home as three employees have reported symptoms of COVID-19. Photo: Facebook
Unvaccinated employees of One Mart have been told to self isolate at home as three employees have reported symptoms of COVID-19. Photo: Facebook
The Facebook post by One Mart today, June 28, 2021. Photo: Facebook
The Facebook post by One Mart today, June 28, 2021. Photo: Facebook
PURCELL ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Test results conducted on three One Mart employees on Sunday, June 27, 2021, show that two of the three staff members have contracted COVID-19.

On Monday, June 28, 2021, One Mart said in a statement that three staff members were showing signs of COVID-19 and were tested and awaiting their results.

However, via a statement received last night, the Management of One Mart Supermarket and Food Service Division confirmed that the employees were diagnosed with the virus.

"Our prayers go out to them for a safe and speedy recovery. In the interest of the safety of all staff and customers, we have asked all unvaccinated workers to quarantine at home until further notice. We are pleased that 75% of our 140 workers are fully vaccinated and will continue to serve our customers,” the company said through the statement.

The company then encouraged all other staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible for their own safety, adding that at the same time, they “appreciate that persons have medical and other reasons for not vaccinating.”

“We continue to follow all COVID 19 requirements as recommended by the Government. However, we lend our voice to encouraging all in the BVI to get vaccinated as soon as possible if you can.”

See story published June 28, 2021

One Mart employees report symptoms of COVID-19

Unvaccinated employees of One Mart have been told to self isolate at home as three employees have reported symptoms of COVID-19.

According to a post on its Facebook page minutes ago, the three staff members are awaiting results of COVID tests done on Sunday, June 27 2021.

"As a result, Management recommends that until those results are known, all unvaccinated staff remain quarantined at home for the safety of other staff, the safety of themselves, and our customers. We take such precautions until further notice," the social media post informed.

Many have praised the business establishment for being responsible and transparent to the public.

57 Responses to “UPDATE: 2 One Mart employees test positive for COVID-19”

  • Responsible (28/06/2021, 15:33) Like (37) Dislike (10) Reply
    Thank you for being very responsible.
    • Lesson to Employers (28/06/2021, 15:51) Like (35) Dislike (64) Reply
      Stop playing with your business,,. Staff either get vaccinated or go work for themselves...
      • Please! (28/06/2021, 19:01) Like (62) Dislike (17) Reply
        You all need to stop your propaganda, vaccinated persons can catch this virus as well, and the new strains out there also. All employees should be quarantined.
        • @Please (28/06/2021, 23:07) Like (29) Dislike (29) Reply
          Stop your own propaganda! All employees should be vaccinated if they care about the public health
          • Hot one (29/06/2021, 08:54) Like (6) Dislike (18) Reply
            Vaccinated staff and customers don't have too much to worry about - even if they get the virus, the effects are likely to be minimal. However, unvaccinated persons need to STAY HOME - you are at high risk of death.
        • @Please! (29/06/2021, 09:22) Like (9) Dislike (20) Reply
          Since you seem not to be able to absorb the facts here they are again....
          Vaccinated persons have a MUCH LOWER CHANCE of catching the virus. Vaccinated persons have a MUCH LOWER CHANCE of passing the virus on. Vaccinated persons have a 0% chance of death and a very very LOW chance of hospitalization.... vaccination is important. For everyone who wants to argue otherwise... watch people start dying.... then see how you feel.... The IGNORANCE and SELFISH attitude is depressing but not surprising.....
          • @ @Please! (29/06/2021, 15:03) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
            A lower chance is still a 'chance'! There is no immunity, and with the new strains approaching, the vaccinated will have to be much or careful. Stop making it seem as if being vaccinated is the cure.
        • @ please (29/06/2021, 09:25) Like (2) Dislike (67) Reply
          what is your point

          i born meet people drinking cough medicine and drink all type of bush for the cold and those same people still catches the cold

          a vaccine simply offer great resistance to a given illness. big deal, vaccinating been around for years but some of us acting like covid vaccine is a new Scientific invention

          what went wrong; Hon Malone and health department should have asked the Governor to deal with promoting being vaccinated and most of us would have rush with the quickness down government house for that vaccine

          God save our Gracious Queen
  • oh boy (28/06/2021, 15:39) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    Ting to tell the king
    • Mark had it right (28/06/2021, 15:49) Like (31) Dislike (63) Reply
      When Mark told them to get vaccinated they curse and resist. Now they going shut the man FN business down....If you are an employer and emoyees dont want to take the vaccine, Ban them from your property, dont fire them, just ban them from entering your property.....This is what happen with the anti vaccine ignorantvfools.....Only civil servants benefits from lock down...Look at what going on in SK..
  • .... (28/06/2021, 15:50) Like (19) Dislike (24) Reply
    frig is just the cold everybody afraid to catch the cold these days
    • @.... (28/06/2021, 19:42) Like (30) Dislike (8) Reply
      Games they playing, man can’t even catch the flu in peace these days
  • Bulldawg (28/06/2021, 15:53) Like (10) Dislike (15) Reply
    That means One Mart may not have sufficient staff to serve us.
  • Concerned (28/06/2021, 15:55) Like (14) Dislike (17) Reply
    Are they being paid while at home since they chose not to vaccinate?
  • things to make you go hmm (28/06/2021, 15:59) Like (71) Dislike (12) Reply
    they need to tell the unvaccinated customers who spending $1000s to not shop there as well.. since the unvaccinated employees cant be there..
  • Inocencia (28/06/2021, 16:10) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
    Mark shut down the whole place.
    • Smh (29/06/2021, 17:29) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      If it was that serious you would think he would have closed the store have it sanitized and have all staff tested. I still don’t believe one thing the Government them say it’s just another scare tactic to get ppl to take the vaccine shame on them. So what about unvaccinated tourist that will shop there, this is absorb and I’m not buying it.
  • Ohh (28/06/2021, 16:23) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    da other site....Club Aqua between 8 pm and 10 pm, Club Crystals between 10 pm and 12 pm, Deuces from 11 pm to closing all on Sunday, June 20, 2021, and on Friday, June 18 at Island Sizzle.
  • Brer lion (28/06/2021, 16:27) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
    Good move Markie. Go a little further and shut the joint till the results come out. The shoppers need to be protected too.
  • Labour... (28/06/2021, 16:38) Like (19) Dislike (20) Reply
    How will Labour handle this now? - All unvaccinated staff sent home - of course its the right thing to do for all of our sake. Until it affects directly, many dont want to get vaccinated...I bet they will reconsider getting the jab now!
  • Joy & Wide (28/06/2021, 16:40) Like (29) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hmmmm. How that contract that.......hmmm no quarantine for fully vaccinated person. One of them spread it
    • @Joy and Wide.... (29/06/2021, 09:25) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
      That could definitely be how it happened... and as more people come back it will get worse. If you had your vaccine you don't need to worry - you might get a mild illness but you will be fine... if you are NOT vaccinated then you should be seriously concerned and stay at home. Choose wisely.
  • Lucifer (28/06/2021, 17:05) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    and so it begins...
  • Customer (28/06/2021, 17:13) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    so what about your unvaccinated customers. Are you advising them not to come to the store? Vaccinated staff can be asymptomatic carriers
  • omg (28/06/2021, 17:29) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    Its 3 vaccinated staff being tested, bring out the truth
  • Stimulus (28/06/2021, 17:49) Like (53) Dislike (17) Reply
    Vaccinated persons are responsible for bringing in COVID. They are not being tested upon entry. They are a big threat to everyone.
    • really?? (29/06/2021, 10:09) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
      This is exactly why you must protect yourself and get vaccinated. You cant have it both ways. One one hand you want the Country to open up so you can work, but on the other you complaining about people bringing in the virus. Sure that may be true but you stand a greater chance of being hospitalized or even death if you don't protect yourself and your family and close acquaintances. Lower those chances by getting vaccinated and stop being so selfish and being an Ass.

      Tortola is too small and dependent to stay lock down forever!!
  • trrefdrfds (28/06/2021, 17:57) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    Are the 3 cases vaccinated or unvaccinated
    • @Truth... (29/06/2021, 09:48) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
      I heard the cases are fully i ask again what is the purpose of this vaccine???
      • @Truth (29/06/2021, 15:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        Because many vaccinated persons are acting as if they are cured, they wear their mask below their nose and act like they are immune to this virus. I have seen a few workers cashing with their mask below their nose. I hope they know that there are other strains out there that they have not taken a vaccination for?
  • Hmm (28/06/2021, 18:24) Like (28) Dislike (6) Reply
    Vaccinated or not Vaccinated...makes no difference
  • hgfhfdggfdgfd (28/06/2021, 18:25) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
  • Customer (28/06/2021, 18:44) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
    Should unvaccinated customers stay home from coming to the store also?
    Vaccinated staff can be asymptomatic carriers.
  • How much worst??? (28/06/2021, 20:09) Like (13) Dislike (24) Reply
    Here comes a lock down in hurricane season. Please get vaccinated my ppl.
  • HMMM (28/06/2021, 22:25) Like (9) Dislike (21) Reply
    @truth. Did you read??? It stated clear that they are not vaccinated....
  • Citizen (28/06/2021, 22:25) Like (15) Dislike (49) Reply
    Terminate all employees who refuse to take vaccine, unvaccinated putting country and business at risk
  • Sammy (28/06/2021, 22:54) Like (9) Dislike (27) Reply
    Labour Department, make sure no work permits are issued. When they terminate the unvaccinated staff, let them hire locals or do without staff.
  • Stupes (29/06/2021, 00:06) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    Well a friend of mine in a certain country fully vaccinated in the hospital for COVID with symptoms.
    • Just thinking (29/06/2021, 09:20) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Remember you are not fully vaccinated until at least 2 weeks after your second shot. So within that time you are still vulnerable to the virus. Also nothing in this world is full proof. You get sick you go to the doctor, medicine is prescribed it makes you better for a while and the symptoms return.
  • Ghosts (29/06/2021, 01:55) Like (4) Dislike (18) Reply
    Get vaccinated my people. Covid took me out. It's not a pretty sight down here in the grave. Don't be stubborn. I going back to sleep now. Will see all unvaccinated soon. We can party.
  • Doorman (29/06/2021, 05:54) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Those at the entrance to the supermarket to monitor protocols are adhered to are becoming very relaxed. Almost every time I go there I see people just walking in without washing their hands or sanitizing. While they are in the supermarket their masks are not covering their nose. The carts aren’t sanitized like before and the ones returned after being used, immediately go to the same area as the unused ones. Everywhere you go on island, people are totally relaxed and not following any kind of protocol. We’ve forgotten there is a pandemic. As for the conspiracy theories, it is so sad and disappointing the stupidity we face. Instead of us doing our own educated research, we follow others who don’t know squiggly do about anything, and get caught up with the hype that vaccines aren’t good. Situations like this show the true colors of some. Even some government legislators are against the vaccine and telling others not to take it. Our country will sink from stupidity.
    • period (29/06/2021, 09:43) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
      The supermarkets are dropping the ball. They are definitely not sanitizing the shopping carts.

      The sinks are so far away at a particular supermarket , it hard for security to see if you did wash hands.

      We have been doing an amazing job so far. Let’s not drop the ball now.
    • Umm (29/06/2021, 09:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, ok. I've seen ministers at public functions and 90% of the people there didn't have on masks.
    • @Doorman (29/06/2021, 13:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is very true .
    • @Doorman (29/06/2021, 13:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I’ve seen this myself each time I’m
      Sitting waiting my hobby that’s shopping inside
      I see many entering without sanitizing.

      The cart I see the guy with spray in his hands but not spraying the carts then stacks them..
    • @Doorman (30/06/2021, 19:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      People like u are the problem cant think for urselves go right on ahead as the cases pile up im sure u will be one
  • See (29/06/2021, 12:03) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    Now they need to put somethings in place ..If u want too shop at any store..U have to show the vaccine card., before u enter any stores…Period…that will let them know u are vaccinated
  • Real (29/06/2021, 12:43) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yeah vaccinate againt urself for being blind and dumb the cases are fully vaccinated as they say who dont know does wonder
  • Yeah yeah (29/06/2021, 14:18) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    They’ll recover soon won’t they?

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