Kmart store closed after Melbourne worker tests positive to coronavirus

Ash Cant
·2-min read

A Kmart store has closed after a worker tested positive for coronavirus as cases continue to soar in Victoria.

In a statement to Yahoo News Australia, a Kmart spokesperson confirmed a worker tested positive at the Greensborough store, northeast of Melbourne’s CBD.

“At Kmart, the health and safety of our team and customers is our highest priority and we can confirm that a team member at our Kmart Greensborough store has returned a positive result for COVID-19,” the spokesperson said.

A Kmart team member at Greensborough Plaza has tested positive for coronavirus. Pictured is a stock image of a Kmart.
A Kmart team member at Greensborough Plaza has tested positive for coronavirus. Source: AAP, file

“As soon as we were made aware, we immediately closed the store as a safety precaution and we’re currently conducting a thorough sanitisation of the store and will reopen tomorrow.

“We are working closely with the Department of Health and will continue to keep our team and customers informed.”

Greensborough Plaza confirmed on Monday in a statement on Facebook the Kmart store closed at 2pm on Monday for a thorough cleaning and the store planned to reopen on Tuesday.

The shopper centre also confirmed the employee who tested positive last worked at the Kmart on July 7.

“Kmart is working closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and the department has contacted those individuals who are known to have been in close contact with this team member,” the statement on Facebook said.

“We want to assure you, the safety and wellbeing of our customers, retailers and the community is always our priority and we are continuing to monitor and act upon recommendations from both federal and state health departments.”

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The plaza encouraged anyone who was showing coronavirus symptoms to get tested immediately.

Last month, two Kmart stores in Victoria shut after a worker at each store tested positive for the infectious disease.

A further 177 cases of coronavirus were confirmed on Monday in Victoria as the state continues to record daily numbers in the hundreds.

Due to the surge in cases, Melbourne is under lockdown.

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