Hundreds of local residents from the west receive a COVID-19 test after the Sydney Woolworths labor tests were positive
Hundreds of Sydney residents flocked to a COVID-19 drive-through testing center after a local Woolworths employee tested positive for coronavirus.
Balmain, in the west of the city, is wary after the supermarket employee worked two shifts in the supermarket on June 27 and 28 while he was contagious.
Residents who feel unwell have been advised to go for a COVID-19 cotton swab, with hundreds of people going to the drive-through clinic in neighboring Rozelle on Fridays.
Dozens of cars were forced to walk around the block amid increased demand for testing.
Pictured: Cars are lined up at the COVID-19 drive-through clinic in Rozelle, Sydney’s interior
Cars were forced to wait around the block for their coronavirus smear in the interior of Sydney on Friday
Hundreds of residents went for a COVID-19 test in Rozelle after a Woolworths employee in neighboring Balmain contracted the virus
The Sydney local health district said the Rozelle test clinic was “ busy ” after the Balmain Woolworths employee’s positive coronavirus infection.
“We understand your concerns and thank you for participating in being tested,” they said in a Facebook post.
“Our Rozelle team is working very hard to test all arrivals, but we have other sites where you may get tested faster today.”
“Please consider visiting the clinics in the hospitals of RPA, Canterbury and Concord or the Redfern Health Center.”
There are two additional drive-through clinics in the west, in Summer Hill and Homebush.
“Please help us share the burden so that our wonderful nurses can continue to do their utmost to keep everyone safe.”
Balmain, in the west of the city, is wary after a Woolworths employee worked two shifts at the supermarket on June 27 and 28 while he was contagious. Pictured: the drive-through clinic COVID-19 in neighboring Rozelle
A health worker with a face mask directs traffic to the Rozelle transit clinic
Health professionals conduct COVID-19 tests at a drive-through test center in Rozelle
The grocery store employee had been in hotel quarantine in Victoria from June 11 to June 26 after flying in from Bangladesh and testing positive for COVID-19 on the fourth day of his quarantine period.
He then flew from Melbourne on June 26 and returned to work at the Woolworths in Balmain on June 27, noticing his employer having mild symptoms.
Dr Kerry Chant, Chief Health Officer of NSW, said the virus level in the man is low, but authorities are treating him as infectious as a precaution.
He worked in the store on June 27-28, and 50 employees are now isolated after being identified as close contacts, while the store was deeply cleaned.
Dr Chant said the man was assessed as non-infectious and virus-free before being released from Melbourne quarantine on June 26.
The Woolworths employee worked at the Balmain store on June 27 and 28 (photo)
Dozens of cars have to wait for their coronavirus test in Rozelle, Sydney on Friday
Residents in Balmain feeling unwell are urged to be tested for coronavirus after a Woolworths employee contracted the virus
Brad Hazzard, NSW health minister, said that anyone who visited the Woolworths store on one of the two days should report and be tested if they have respiratory symptoms.
Health authorities are also contacting people who were on the man on Jetstar Flight JQ510 from Melbourne to Sydney on June 26.
The state-confirmed COVID-19 cases stand at 3,211 after no new cases were reported to NSW on Friday, with one patient currently in intensive care.
“It is a very good day for a health minister if you can say that we have absolutely no new cases,” said Mr Hazzard on Friday.
But a school on the NSW Central Coast, Green Point Christian College, has been closed after being informed of a possible COVID-19 case in an older male student, who will be undergoing additional testing.
Health workers will be seen on Friday at the drive-through test site in Rozelle, inland Sydney
No new cases were reported to NSW on Friday. Picture: the COVID-19 drive-through test clinic on Friday