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Woolworths employee tests positive to covid-19



  • A NSW man who tested positive to COVID-19 after completing hotel quarantine in Victoria had a low infection rate while working at a Sydney supermarket.
  • SYDNEY, AAP - A NSW man who spent two weeks in hotel quarantine in Victoria has tested positive to COVID-19 after returning to Sydney and working at a supermarket.He worked at the store between June 27 and 28 and 50 employees are now in isolation after being identified as close contacts. The store has undergone a deep clean.Dr Chant said he was assessed as not infectious and cleared of the virus before he was discharged, but it's unclear if this assessment included another COVID-19 test."The level of virus detected is very, very low ... but because he's also got symptoms we're just treating this as the utmost of precaution that he may be infectious," Dr Chant told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.She said remnants of the virus may still exist in people for up to eight weeks, but people are deemed non-infectious if they're symptom free for 72 hours and if at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms.NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said people who've shopped at Woolworths in Balmain should be alert to developing symptoms.Any who do try to enter NSW could face six months' imprisonment or a fine of $11,000 from Thursday.NSW residents who return from Melbourne hotspots, meanwhile, will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days and could face similar penalties if they skip quarantine.Mr Hazzard urged the Victorian government to start screening people at its own airports and train stations to ensure residents of hotspot areas are not flouting lockdown rules.Victoria on Thursday reported 77 new COVID-19 cases, compared with eight in NSW, all of them returned travellers in hotel quarantine.People trying to enter NSW stadiums from this week will also be required to show their driver's licence to prove they're not from Victoria.Meanwhile, limits on attendance numbers in NSW were relaxed from Wednesday for funerals, weddings, places of worship and community sport, as long as the one-person-per-four-square-metre rule applies.
  • But the NSW-Victoria border will not be closed.
  • One patient in NSW is currently in intensive care.
  • Residents of 36 Melbourne suburbs have been sent back into lockdown for a month in a bid to contain a high number of new coronavirus cases detected in the past fortnight.
  • The health minister also warned that Victorians from outside the Melbourne hotspots who visit NSW should brace for extra attention from police, including having their cars stopped.
  • "Just don't come," he said alongside Dr Chant.
  • Mr Hazzard also warned that health authorities will be screening people at airports across NSW to ensure Melbourne residents from COVID-19 outbreak areas are not entering the state.
  • "For the utmost of caution we are treating him as possibly infectious," she said.
  • "We do assess the risk as low."
  • He reported "persistent symptoms" to NSW Health in Sydney and is believed to have been at the "tail end" of the infection while he was working.
  • The man had been in hotel quarantine in Victoria from June 11 to June 26 after flying from Bangladesh. He tested positive to COVID-19 on day four of his quarantine period.
  • NSW Health chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the man is an employee at Woolworths in Balmain and tested positive to the virus after his employer noticed he had minor symptoms.