A McDonald’s worker in Melbourne has tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee is linked to a small number of cases identified at a high school about five kilometres away.
“McDonald’s Australia has been advised one of the confirmed cases at St Monica’s College in Epping is an employee at its Mill Park restaurant,” a spokeswoman told news.com.au on Friday.
“The individual is currently self-isolating at home and all potential workplace close contacts have been instructed not to return to work for 14 days.
“The health and safety of our people and our customers is our priority. We immediately commenced notifying all employees upon receiving notification of the diagnosis from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
“The restaurant has closed for a deep clean by an external contractor, and should reopen later this morning.”
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Workers at the Mill Park fast food restaurant, in the city’s north, were informed via an email on Friday morning, according to Seven.
The news follows a coronavirus cluster revealed in May at McDonald’s in Fawkner with dozens of staff tested.
Twelve McDonald’s restaurants also closed for a deep clean last month after a truck driver who made deliveries at each of them tested positive.
McDonald’s said the asymptomatic driver worked for “an external service provider” and interacted with a small number of employees at each drop off.
There was an “immediate closure” of St Monica’s College on June 21 after the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.
In an update to parents and students on Thursday, Principal Brian E. Hanley said it had been “sudden and devastating”.
“We had no choice and access was prohibited for all staff, students and parents,” he said.
“Deep cleaning of both campuses commenced on Sunday, 21 June and has continued all this week.”
He said the “good news” was that the college would reopen on Monday, June 29 from midday for students.
“The DHHS has provided direct and specific advice to any individuals who came into close contact with the two staff members who tested positive about self-isolating and looking after themselves,” the school principal said.
“The two staff members are in a stable condition.
“Any other numbers attached to St Monica’s College by authorities or the media were not staff members. These people, however, were in close social contact with them and tested positive to the virus.
“All other members of the school community who have not been contacted by DHHS have not been identified as close contacts and therefore are able to undertake normal activities unless otherwise advised by DHHS.”
THOUSANDS TESTED IN SUBURBAN BLITZ
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday announced 33 new cases of COVID-19.
“We will see these numbers go up in coming days,” he said.
“That will be a measure of the work that we’re doing, a measure of the success of this strategy.
“Now, we might all be very pleasantly surprised – test literally entire suburbs and not get many positive cases. That would be a great problem to have. But I am indicating to you, I think that we will see more cases.”
Mr Andrews said there would be a coronavirus “testing blitz” in 10 suburbs of Melbourne.
His government wants to test 100,000 people in Keilor Downs, Broadmeadows, Albanvale, Maidstone, Sunshine West, Brunswick West, Hallam, Fawkner, Reservoir and Pakenham.
“There will literally be hundreds and hundreds – indeed, the entire team is a thousand-strong – doorknockers out there, talking to the community, inviting them to come and get a free test, whether they be symptomatic or asymptomatic,” Mr Andrews said.
“That will be done in lots of new ways. For instance, we have ambulances and other vans that will literally be at the end of people’s streets.
“So, they will be invited to come and get a test, and they’ll only have to travel 50m or 100m in order to complete that test.”
He said case numbers will inevitably grow as a result of the escalation in testing efforts.
As of yesterday, there had been 1917 cases of COVID-19 in Victoria with 1732 recoveries.