Woolies worker tests positive for virus


A Melbourne Woolworths was quickly closed last night after a worker tested positive for coronavirus.

Woolworths in Pacific Werribee shopping centre, in Melbourne's southwest, was closed at 8pm last night due to the infected staff member.

The staff member will spend the next two weeks in isolation and the Woolworths reopened this morning.

Pacific Werribee shopping centre. Picture: Josie Hayden
Pacific Werribee shopping centre. Picture: Josie Hayden


Woolworths is advising any customers who shopped at the store on Saturday, July 4 to immediately contact the health department if they feel unwell.

"Customers and team members should be assured they can continue to safely shop and work at our Werribee Plaza supermarket," a statement from Woolworths read.

"While the risk of transmission to customers and team members is low, the safety and wellbeing of the local community is our priority."

Contact tracing is underway and any Woolworths staff who came in close contact are in isolation.

Victoria recorded 165 new cases of coronavirus yesterday, bringing the state's total to 3098.

Management at Pacific Werribee wrote a letter to their customers yesterday, advising locals of the precautions they'd be taking as Victoria moved to stage three restrictions.

"As a provider of necessary goods and services, Pacific Werribee will remain open and trading, playing an essential role in our community, providing convenient access to food, groceries, supplies, household items, medical services, and banking, among other essential amenities," the centre manager said.

"With this essential role in mind, the health and wellbeing of our community remains our unwavering top priority, and we continue to uphold a robust range of measures designed to help mitigate the spread of the virus within our centre and protect you and your loved ones' health."

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Posted by Pacific Werribee on Wednesday, 8 July 2020




Originally published as Woolies worker tests positive for virus