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Customers and staff at Melbourne Woolworths to get tested immediately after Covid-19 found in sewage

Customers and staff at a busy Woolworths are urged to get tested for Covid-19 immediately and isolate after traces of the virus are found in sewage water

  • Warning applies to Woolworths at Epping North supermarket in Melbourne
  • Those who were at the store on May 8 between 5.40pm to 6.38pm should isolate
  • A Woolworths nearby had earlier been listed on health alerts but was an ‘error’ 
  • All staff and customers who visited the store at the time are urged to get tested 

Customers and staff who visited a Woolworths have been urged to isolate and get tested immediately after coronavirus traces were found in sewage water.

The warning applies to anybody who visited the store at the Epping North supermarket on the corner of Epping Road and Lyndarum Drive, Melbourne, on May 8 between 5.40pm to 6.38pm. 

‘We are encouraging anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 – fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, and loss or change in sense of smell or taste – to get tested,’ Chief health officer Brett Sutton said. 

Customers and staff who visited a Melbourne Woolworths have been urged to isolate and get tested immediately after coronavirus traces were found in sewage water (health officials in Melbourne pictured)

‘While the detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 that is no longer infectious continuing to shed the virus, it is also possible that it is due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.

‘This detection is of note because there are public exposure sites in the area relating to the Wollert case, who has been isolating in a health hotel outside the catchment.’ 

Health officials had picked up traces of the virus in the Epping and Wollert area on Thursday night. 

Mr Sutton also confirmed the original exposure site of Woolworths Epping on the corner of Cooper and High Streets on the same day was an ‘error’.

A testing site has since been setup at the Northern Hospital in Epping which will be open everyday.

Staff as well as customers are urged to get swabbed immediately.   

More to come. 


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