Woolworths employee working at a packing centre tests positive for coronavirus in MelbourneEmployee tested positive to COVID-19 at a Melbourne Woolworths delivery site Worker hadn’t shown symptoms at work but received positive result on Saturday Site closed for a deep clean on Sunday night and 20 per cent of orders cancelled

An employee at a Woolworths order packing centre in Melbourne has tested positive to coronavirus. 

The woman worked at the Customer Fulfilment Centre in West Footscray in inner-west Melbourne for four shifts while potentially contagious.

The distribution centre was closed overnight for deep cleaning, impacting online orders scheduled for delivery to Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs.

The female supervisor notified her superiors of her positive diagnosis on Saturday, who in turn informed staff at the centre by Sunday afternoon.  

The female employee tested positive on Saturday after working her last shift at the centre on Wednesday in West Footscray, in Melbourne’s inner-west (file image) 

There have been 8,583 diagnosed cases of coronavirus in Australia since the pandemic began, including 105 deaths

‘As a precautionary measure the Customer Fulfilment Centre received a detailed deep clean overnight on the 4th and 5th July,’ a Woolworths spokeswoman said on Monday.

‘As a result of the additional clean on Sunday night we cancelled online delivery orders out of the West Footscray CFC this morning’.

The woman had worked four shifts at the centre since June 28, but was unaware she had COVID-19 because she was asymptomatic the entire time. 

The distribution centre employs about 800 staff, and those who worked in close proximity to the COVID-positive employee have been instructed to self isolate.

On Monday, the Woolworths spokeswoman downplayed any concerns that the food deliveries could have spread the virus and passed it onto customers, despite the centre servicing some of Melbourne’s worst-hit suburbs. 

Victoria recorded 127 new cases on Monday. (Pictured: Medical workers and police outside Flemington public housing flats on Sunday)

Passengers arriving from Melbourne are greeted by staff from NSW Health to check for COVID-19 symptoms at Sydney Airport

‘We have been advised by health authorities that the risk of COVID contamination from products received from the West Footscray CFC is extremely low. There has been no evidence of transmission through products,’ the spokeswoman said.

Woolworths will continue to monitor the health and welfare of impacted employees, the spokeswoman said.  

‘We’re continuing to make contact with our CFC team members and will provide our full support to those required to self-isolate at home in line with the advice from the Health Department.’

Any colleagues who were in close contact with the woman have been instructed to self-isolate. 

Just last week, another employee at Woolworths in Balmain, in Sydney’s inner west, tested positive to coronavirus after spending two weeks in hotel quarantine in Victoria. 

Residents place signs in their windows showing messages of despair amid a full and total lockdown of nine housing commission high rise towers in North Melbourne and Flemington during COVID-19

On his second day back at work the man’s manager noticed symptoms and sent him off to get tested, and he again returned a positive result.  

NSW chief health officer Kerry Chant said the man had tested positive on day four of his stay in hotel quarantine in Victoria, but on day 14 he was cleared of the virus and allowed to fly north. 

Victoria recorded 127 new cases of coronavirus on Monday prompting NSW to close its border to the state for the first time in 100 years. 

The decision to shut the border at 12.01am on Wednesday was agreed by both premiers and the Prime Minister in a three-way phone call on Monday morning after NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant recommended the move at 8am.

The hard border will be enforced by New South Wales Police and the Australian Defence Force with roadblocks and drones to keep Victorian officers free to battle the state’s outbreak. 

NSW meanwhile recorded 10 new coronavirus patients, all locked up in hotel quarantine. 

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