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Bunnings worker tests positive for coronavirus in Melbourne

A Bunnings worker has tested positive for coronavirus in Melbourne’s southeast. 

The employee worked at a Frankston store and was a close contact of someone outside of Bunnings who had also tested positive. 

They have not been rostered on for more than a week and were wearing a mask during their last shifts. 

Since the employee last worked, the store has undergone 14 deep cleans using disinfectants alongside the routine cleans that occur daily.  

An additional clean was conducted on Sunday as a precaution.  

Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Debbie Pool confirmed the employee had tested positive. 

‘The team member has not worked at the store for seven days and the Department of Health and Human Services has advised that the risk to the team and customers is very low,’ Ms Poole said. 

‘And importantly, the team member was wearing a face mask during their last shifts – as were all of our team at the store.

‘We’re doing everything we can to support our entire team at Frankston.’ 

Team members who were in close contact with the employee have gone into self-isolation at home and will be provided with paid leave. 

All employees in the Victorian stores have been required to wear a mask since July 18.

This comes after Kerry Nash, also known as ‘Bunnings Karen,’ went viral after she berated staff at the hardware chain when she was asked to wear a mask. 

Ms Nash accused staff at the Narre Warren store of abusing her human rights by politely asking her to wear a mask, and was briefly arrested after clashing with police outside.

Ms Nash was later released by officers after revealing she had a medical exemption, which she had initially chosen not to present to staff. 

Victoria has recorded 384 new coronavirus cases.  

Six more Victorians died overnight to Monday, including five residents in aged care and a man in his 50s.

Some 245 Victorians are in hospital with 44 in intensive care.

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