Coronavirus: Infected Woolworths employee worked in busy section of supermarket

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A Woolworths worker who tested positive to coronavirus was staffed in arguably the busiest part of the supermarket.

Woolworths at Balmain, in Sydney’s inner west, has undergone a deep clean after a staff member, who came from Bangladesh via Melbourne, tested positive to the virus.

The man was quarantined in Melbourne, but released on June 26.

Self-service checkouts at a Woolworths store in Sydney.
A Woolworths worker who is sick with COVID-19 was working in the self-service area. Source: AAP, file

Fifty of his co-workers are now in self-isolation after he worked on June 27 and 28.

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the man was working in the self-service section of the supermarket. The area where people pack their own bags should they choose to do so.

The state’s Health Minister Brad Hazzard is encouraging anyone who visited the Woolworths store on June 27 and 28 who is feeling ill to visit their GP for a test.

“NSW Health is now acting on a precautionary basis. Balmain residents should be on alert for any symptoms and come forward and get tested,” Mr Hazzard said.

“In NSW, we have always taken a strong position on hotel quarantine, processing more than 30,000 returning travellers since March 29.”

Cleaning contractors are seen at the Woolworths supermarket in Balmain, Sydney.
Cleaners at Woolworths in Balmain. Source: AAP

It’s believed the man is a low-level risk of infection. He was also told to undergo a test by his manager, Nine News reported.

A Woolworths spokesperson said the supermarket had “very high standards of cleaning and hygiene in place”.

“Customers and team members should be assured they can continue to safely shop and work at our Balmain supermarket,” the spokesperson said.

“Any customers who shopped in our Balmain store on the weekend and feel unwell in the next two weeks should make contact with NSW Health.”

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