Get tested now! Woolworths customers are urged to get a coronavirus test after an employee was diagnosed with COVID-19
- Residents and shoppers from inner-city suburb urged to get tested for COVID-19
- The calls come after a worker at the Balmain Woolworths tested positive for virus
- Man was in hotel quarantine in Melbourne but was allowed to travel to Sydney
Woolworths customers have been urged to get tested for coronavirus after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
Shoppers who are dispalying symptoms of the virus and shopped at the Balmain Woolworths on June 27 and June 28 should get tested, NSW Health said.
It comes after the male staff member flew from Bangladesh to Melbourne in early June where he tested positive for COVID-19.
Woolworths customers have been urged to get tested for coronavirus after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 (pictured is the Balmain store where an employee worked while he had the virus)
He was put into quarantine from June 10 to June 26 before flying back to Sydney on Jetstar Flight JQ510 on Friday, June 26.
After landing in Sydney the man worked at the Balmain Woolworths that weekend.
When he started to show COVID-19 symptoms again he underwent another test which returned a positive result on Wednesday.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said anyone who visited the store on days the man worked should be tested if they had any flu or cold-like symptoms, however mild.
‘NSW Health is now acting on a precautionary basis. Balmain residents should be on alert for any symptoms and come forward and get tested,’ Mr Hazzard said.
‘In NSW, we have always taken a strong position on hotel quarantine, processing more than 30,000 returning travellers since March 29.’
The Balmain Woolworths underwent a deep clean on Wednesday night before reopening for business.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said NSW Health immediately commenced rigorous contact tracing procedures after the man tested positive.
‘Fifty staff at the store have been told to self-isolate immediately, while NSW Health officials are contact tracing anyone else who may have been in contact with the man,’ Dr Chant said.
‘The man worked in the self-service section of Darling Street Woolworths.
‘While we believe him to be a low-level risk of infection we are taking every precaution possible to protect the people on NSW.’
Dr Chant also said it was ‘too premature’ to know what information Victoria had on the man’s condition when he left the state for Sydney.
Customers who shopped at the Woolworths on June 27 and June 28 and any nearby residents who feel unwell are being urged to get tested for coronavirus (pictured is a nurse conducting throat swab test on a patient in Sydney)