Shoppers at a Melbourne Woolworths have been told to monitor for symptoms after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.
The supermarket announced on Monday, which was Australia’s deadliest coronavirus day despite the number of infections dropping off in Victoria, a worker at the Cranbourne North store, in Melbourne’s southeast, at the Thompson Parkway Shopping Centre had contracted COVID-19.
The employee’s most recent shift was Wednesday last week (August 5).
Customers who visited the store and feel unwell in the next two weeks have been asked to contact the health authorities.
Woolworths said it conducted an additional deep clean of the store and was providing “full support to those required to self-isolate in line with advice from the health authorities”.
The supermarket did not indicate it would close its doors as a result of the infected worker, saying “as a food retailer, we already have very high standards of cleaning and hygiene in place”.
The supermarket added the risk of transmission to customers and team members was low, assuring the public it was safe to continue shopping at the store.
A worker at its Sebastopol store, on the rural-urban fringe of Ballarat, tested positive after working on July 23, while an employee at its Southland store in Cheltenham, Melbourne, tested positive after working on July 31.
It comes weeks after two other employees of the supermarket giant contracted the virus.
Three of its Victorian locations have now been closed entirely to customers and converted into distribution centres to meet increased demand for online orders.
A list of the stores which have closed due to coronavirus can be found here.
Residents in Melbourne are currently subject to Stage 4 restrictions while the rest of the state must comply with Stage 3 orders.
Victoria recorded 322 new cases on Monday, the lowest daily number since July 29, but the state recorded 19 new deaths, making it Australia's deadliest day of the pandemic.
The state's death toll has climbed to 228 and the national figure is now 313.
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