Coronavirus scare at huge shopping centre as two staff members at Myer test positive for COVID-19
- Northland Shopping Centre in Preston has recorded two new COVID-19 cases
- A Myer employee and a Nike worker tested positive to the virus on Wednesday
- The shopping mall said all close contacts are also getting tested and isolating
- Both Nike and Myer’s stores have undertaken deep cleaning and sanitisation
Two staff members at a Melbourne shopping centre have tested positive for COVID-19, sparking fears they could have spread it to customers and colleagues.
Northland Shopping Centre in Melbourne’s northeast announced the confirmed cases on Wednesday.
A Myer employee tested positive and last worked at the store on Wednesday, July 22 and a Nike worker who also has the virus last worked on Friday, July 17.
In a statement, Northland Shopping Centre quelled fears of infection.
‘We’ve received no advice which indicates there was any risk to our customers or retail team members who visited Myer on 22 July or Nike on 17 July,’ the statement read.
‘All team members who have been identified as having been in close contact with the affected team members have been contacted, will undergo testing and will self-isolate until they receive test results.’
Both the Myer and Nike stores in Northland mall have undertaken a deep clean and sanitisation in line with the Department of Health and Human Services’ advice.
The two confirmed cases at the shopping mall come as Victoria broke the record for its single daily increase in cases, with 723 infections announced on Thursday.
The figure is more than double Wednesday’s 295 infections and far exceeds the state’s previous record of 532 cases on Monday.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced an additional 13 deaths, taking the state’s death toll to 105 and national figure to 189.
More to come.