Fears of a coronavirus outbreak at Ikea as a staff member tests positive to COVID-19 after coming to work while infectious for three days
- A staff member at Ikea’s furniture warehouse in Sydney has coronavirus
- The employee was infectious for three shifts at the Marsden Park facility
- Ikea said the warehouse was not required to close despite the positive test
A worker has tested positive for coronavirus at an Ikea furniture warehouse, staffed with around 150 people.
The employee was infectious for three days while working at the Ikea Distribution Centre at Marsden Park, in Sydney’s north west.
The distribution centre is responsible for handling and packing up furniture orders for delivery across the country.
Facilities are separate to the mega store in the same suburb.
Warehouse workers were told about the worker’s diagnosis in a letter from management.
A worker has tested positive for coronavirus at an Ikea warehouse (pictured: a woman is tested for coronavirus at a drive through clinic in Sydney on Friday)
The staff member was infectious at work on the morning shift on July 6, 7, and 8.
An Ikea spokesperson confirmed the worker’s diagnosis to Daily Mail Australia, but insisted there was no need to close the warehouse facility
‘We were informed that a co-worker who works in the IKEA Australia DC/CDC located in Marsden Park, tested positive for COVID-19 on 13 July 2020,’ the spokesperson said.
‘They last worked at the DC/CDC on Wednesday 8 July. The source of their infection was not an IKEA unit,’ the spokesperson said.
Ikea said they were not instructed to close the facility but conducted a ‘proactive and voluntary deep clean’ of the unit (stock picture of Ikea)
Ikea said they were not instructed to close the facility but conducted a ‘proactive and voluntary deep clean’ of the unit.
‘The NSW Department of Health has advised that co-workers within the IKEA Distribution Centre, located in Marsden Park are not required to self-isolate,’ the spokesperson said.
‘The co-worker is in our thoughts and we hope for a swift recovery.’
The Swedish furniture giant has brought in a raft of new health and safety measures as a result of COVID-19.
This includes limiting numbers of customers in stores, closing the outlet’s playgrounds in stores and introducing hygiene stations.
Photos of near-empty shelves at Ikea’s Tempe store last month also prompted concerns of stock shortages.
The employee was infectious for three days while working at the Ikea Distribution Centre at Marsden Park, in Sydney’s north west (pictured)
But the furniture giant has reported being ‘busier than Christmas’ through the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Some of the products are literally flying off the shelves so we’re having to replenish super quickly every day,’ Ikea country operations fulfilment manager Adrian Pigeon told 9News.
‘We are looking at three times the amount of stock we’re bringing in – that’s 400 pallets per day and 2000 palettes per week.’
This has meant significant numbers of staff working behind the scenes to keep shelves stocked.