Fifty Woolworths staff told to isolate after worker tests positive

A staff member at a Woolworths store in Sydney has tested positive for coronavirus forcing 50 staff members into self isolation.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard told reporters on Wednesday the man had been quarantined in a Victorian hotel for 14 days after returning from overseas before he returned to Sydney on June 26.

The man flew into Victoria from Bangladesh.

“He went to his workplace which is Woolworths at Balmain,” Mr Hazzard said.

“He was working there and as a result his employer, Woolworths senior management in the store, asked him to have another test because he obviously had some symptoms.”

Balmain Woolworths car park is pictured.
A staff member from Balmain Woolworths has tested positive for COVID-19. Source: AAP (file pic)

That test came back positive.

NSW Chief health officer Kerry Chant said he’s being treated as infectious because he had symptoms and 50 of his co-workers have been put into isolation.

“The level of virus detected is very, very low and what this may reflect is just the tail-end of the infection but because he's also got symptoms, we're just treating it for the utmost of precaution as the fact that he could be infectious,” Dr Chant said.

She added he worked at the store on June 27 and 28.

Dr Chant said Woolworths did a deep clean of the store.

A Woolworths spokesperson said the supermarket has “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,” they 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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