A Coles worker has tested positive to COVID-19 in Victoria as the state battles through a massive surge of cases.
The supermarket giant confirmed the employee from Lara, west of Melbourne, tested positive to COVID-19 on Thursday.
While the worker has not been inside the store since July 23, a number of people who worked in close contact with the employee have been asked to self-isolate.
‘Coles will continue to work with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to finalise contact tracing,’ the statement read.
‘Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets.’
As a precaution the Coles store has undergone a deep clean to ensure the safety of its employees and customers.
Victoria recorded a shocker 723 new coronavirus cases and 13 deaths on Thursday as the state struggles through a second wave.
Face masks will be mandatory statewide from Sunday and people across six coastal and regional council areas will be banned from visiting each other at home.
Aged care continues to be Victoria’s disaster area, with up to 10 of the 13 latest victims linked to nursing homes.
The national death toll now sits at 189.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urged everyone to follow rules aimed at stopping deadly transmission.
‘Every time somebody doesn’t do the right thing, every time somebody contributes to the spread of the virus, then that means that another family will be having to plan a funeral,’ he told reporters.
‘This is a wicked enemy, a silent enemy, it’s an enemy you can’t see.’