COVID-19

Virus hits Macca’s stores

In a statement, McDonald’s Australia confirmed some staff members at its Rowville restaurant had tested positive for the virus.“The initial cases were acquired through external contact, with other staff testing positive while in isolation,” the statement said.“The restaurant was deep-cleaned overnight on Sunday October 10.“A staff member has also tested positive after working at the Boronia restaurant on Friday October 8.“All potential casual and close contacts have been identified, notified and are isolating in accordance with standard COVIDSafe procedures. No connection between the Rowville and Boronia cases has been identified.“Throughout the pandemic, McDonald’s Australia continues to work closely with the Health Department to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our people and customers.“Every day, in every shift, our employees follow strict cleaning, quality control and hygiene procedures.“McDonald’s Australia continues to operate in accordance with the Government’s advice regarding all Covid-Safe procedures.”WOOLWORTHS STAFF TEST POSITIVEStaff at two Woolworths stores in Knox have tested positive to Covid.The supermarket giant said the team member at its Ferntree Gully store, at 1038 – 1042 Burwood Highway, last worked on October 10.It said the impacted staff at its Boronia Junction store, at 127 Boronia Rd, last worked from 11.58am – 5.40pm, and 11am – 4.30pm on October 2.“The team members have received Department of Health advice and are following isolation requirements,” Woolworths said on its website.There were 1612 locally acquired Covid cases in Victoria on Monday, with 22 new infections in Knox.HOSPITALS PREPARE FOR INFLUX IN CASESEastern Health has erected marquees out the front of its three emergency departments as it deals with rising Covid cases.The marquees have been put up at Box Hill, Maroondah and Angliss Hospitals to help with the streaming of patients through emergency departments.“With a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the community and growing demand on the hospitals, these structures are for pre-assessment and triage of people requiring emergency medical care,” Eastern Health posted online. “The marquees will provide assessment spaces for walk-in patients while they await onward management of their presenting condition as required. The space will be fully operational with heating, cooling and air purification to ensure the comfort and safety of both the patients and staff.”It comes as more exposure sites emerge in the outer east.Pharmasave Monbulk Pharmacy said a positive Covid case had visited its store last Saturday, October 2, between 10-10.30am.“If you have been in-store during that time, please kindly watch out for symptoms and get tested,” the pharmacy posted online.The KingKids Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten in Mooroolbark has also been listed as a Tier 1 site.A positive case attended the centre between 8am-midday on September 29, 30 and October 1.EXPOSURE SITES IN THE OUTER EASTMedCentral Knox revealed a positive Covid case had visited its clinic at Westfield Knox between 9.45am-10.30am on September 28.The clinic closed for cleaning last Friday.“We would like to reassure everyone that we were following all the required Covid safe guidelines at the time,” the clinic posted on Facebook.“As always our highest priority is your health and wellbeing and advise anyone who was at the clinic from Tuesday 28th September to go and get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.” A positive case also attended the Knox City Post Office, with the outlet closed while staff test and isolate.The case attended the store from 11am – 4pm Tuesday, September 28, and from 11am – 3pm Wednesday, September 29.An Australia Post spokesperson said deep cleaning had taken place and it was providing support to its team. A notice has also been displayed at the Post Office to advise the community of the closure.The Post Office will be closed for in-store services for a number of days, but the contactless parcel hatch is operating, and PO Box services are continuing. There have also been 17 cases linked to the Community Kids Bayswater Early Education Centre in Bayswater North.It comes after a staff member from Woolworths Chirnside Park tested positive to Covid.The employee last worked at the Maroondah Highway store from 11am- 4.30pm on September 26.“The team member has received Department of Health advice and is following isolation requirements,” Woolworths posted on its website.There has also been a confirmed Covid case at a popular Olinda cafe.Social media lit up on Friday with reports of a possible case in the hills, with the operators of The Deli Platter – Delicatessen Cafe Providore taking to Facebook to confirm the news.The operators of the cafe at 1514 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd said they had self reported to the Department of Health.In an update on Saturday October 2, the operators said one team member at the cafe had returned a positive test last evening (Friday) and was now isolating.The staff member worked every day from Sunday, September 26 to Thursday, September 30.“This employee was not unwell while working and did not display any symptoms,” the post said.“This does however confirm us as a Tier 1 site.“We have contact DHHS and are working collaboratively with the Department and taking their advice.“We would strongly encourage anyone who has been at our location since Sunday 26th (September) to have a Covid test.”The cafe closed on Friday morning before having a positive test confirmed.The operator also confirmed they had been diagnosed with Covid, along with two other family members.“We do not know where or when we were exposed,” they wrote.“I, nor any other family members have been at the deli for over the week.“No one has been working while unwell or showing any symptoms.”In neighbouring Knox, the Rowville Medical Clinic has been declared a Tier 1 site.Anyone who visited the Wellington Rd centre between 4.50pm – 5.40pm on September 28 should get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure.Victoria recorded 1488 locally acquired cases on Saturday, including 13 in Yarra Ranges, 20 in Knox and 13 in Maroondah.There are now 53 active cases in Yarra Ranges, 114 in Knox and 94 in Maroondah.It comes as a number of businesses in the Yarra Ranges have taken to social media to warn customers they are Covid exposure sites, despite no official listing online.Woori Yallock Foodworks management posted it had a positive case attend its store last Saturday.“The staff that worked that shift have/will been tested as Tier 2 exposure, if negative can resume work plus we have deep cleaning as by Foodworks direction,” the store posted on Facebook. “If you were in the shop between 1 and 2.30pm then please get tested.”Murphy’s Mitre 10 in Monbulk also posted it had a customer visit last Saturday who later tested positive to Covid.“On Saturday 25th September between 12:40- 12:50pm, a gentleman made a purchase in our Trade Yard,” the store posted on Facebook.“I was contacted by his wife yesterday that after having a fall and presently at the hospital, he has been tested positive to Covid-19. He is well and has returned home.“We just want to reassure the community that we have taken all the necessary steps as directed by DHHS and WorkSafe as a Tier 2 site. “The staff members rostered on this day, have all been tested and will isolate until negative. “The Trade Office has been heavily cleaned. Fortunately no other customers crossed his path.” It comes after the Kinglake Hotel was listed as an official exposure site on the State Government’s coronavirus website this week, after a positive case attended on September 11.The pub had already alerted customers on Facebook when it first found out about the case.“Bad news you may have seen we made it onto the government exposure site list,” the pub posted on September 28.“Good news is we didn’t wait to appear on the list before taking action and after the initial advice we followed all the guidelines and instructions as per the coronavirus Victoria website and … we are now OK to reopen.”The Department of Health said it regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if the sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.It comes after 38 new Covid cases were recorded in the outer east on Tuesday, prompting a warning from health officials for residents to be alert.Deputy secretary of Covid response, Kate Matson, said health authorities were starting to see cases grow in the east, with 14 new cases in Maroondah, 14 in Knox, and 10 in Yarra Ranges on Tuesday.“Please if you’re in the east of Melbourne, remain vigilant,” she said.It comes as a positive Covid case visited Chirnside Park Shopping Centre on September 22.“The affected individual was present at Chirnside Medical Clinic (Tier 1) from 9.55am-10.22am, and Chemist Warehouse (Tier 2) from 10.23am – 10.29am,” the shopping centre posted online.The Community Kids Bayswater Early Education Centre has also been listed as a Tier 1 site.An infected individual visited the Bayswater North centre, at 291 Canterbury Rd, between 8.30am – 5.30pm on September 21 and between 6.30am – 7.30am on September 23.

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