Kmart alert as a worker tests positive for coronavirus after his mate caught COVID-19 at infected pub
- A Sydney Kmart employee is the latest case of COVID-19 in New South Wales
A Kmart employee in New South Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, sparking a warning for shoppers.
The teenage worker is understood to have been employed at the Kmart store in Casula in Sydney’s southwest and the store was undergoing deep cleaning on Monday.
The case has been linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster – with the pub located in the same suburb.
A Kmart employee has tested positive for coronavirus sparking a warning for shoppers
The NSW government is introducing stricter operating rules for pubs after more than 20 COVID-19 cases were linked to the Crossroads Hotel.
NSW Health on Monday said 10 coronavirus cases were now directly linked to the Sydney pub while 11 cases were indirectly connected.
NSW recorded 14 new cases as of 8pm on Sunday with four in hotel quarantine, two being NSW residents who caught the virus in Victoria and eight being linked to the Crossroads Hotel.
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant later on Monday confirmed an additional eight cases had been reported up to midday – all linked to the Crossroads Hotel.
All patrons of the pub who entered from July 3 to 10 must self-isolate and are being urged to get tested as a precaution. Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection, with further test results expected this week.
Police are working with Liquor and Gaming to investigate if the hotel breached any guidelines.
One of the eight cases initially reported on Monday that was linked to the venue tested positive after also visiting The Star in Sydney on July 4.
Dr Chant said other venues across Sydney may have been exposed to the virus between June 27 and July 10 after visits from people linked to the outbreak.
These include Picton Hotel, Planet Fitness gym in Casula, Canterbury Leagues Club, Narellan Town Centre and Zone Bowling in Villawood. People who visited between these dates have been urged to watch for symptoms and get tested.
Victorian health authorities also on Monday confirmed two residents had tested positive in the southern state after recently travelling to Merimbula on the southern NSW coast.