A Kmart store in Sydney has been forced to close for deep cleaning after a staff member tested positive to COVID-19.
The popular retail store is in the same suburb as the Crossroads Hotel in Casula, which is at the centre of a major outbreak of the virus.
It’s understood the worker tested positive to the infection on Monday after being linked to the Sydney pub, with other staff members now in self-isolation.
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The shopping centre where the Kmart store is located confirmed the positive case in a post on Facebook this morning.
“We have been in contact with both our Kmart store and their head office and this case has been confirmed,” Casula Mall wrote.
“The Kmart employee and fellow staff are now isolating.”
The shopping centre said the store has been closed since 6pm on Monday and has been “thoroughly cleaned and disinfected”.
“Throughout the centre our focus remains on regular and diligent cleaning, we also undertook a further deep clean of the general mall which included all key areas such as hard surfaces, food courts and bathrooms,” the centre wrote.
“All stores within the centre have been notified.
“The health and safety of everyone who works and visits Casula Mall continues to be our primary focus and our thoughts are with those affected. We will continue to monitor this issue and if there is any update we will notify our customers and retailers as soon as we can.”
It’s believed the case will be added onto the daily COVID-19 tally for NSW today.
A press conference from the NSW Premier and health officials is due to take place at 11.30am.
It comes after a worker at a Kmart store in Melbourne’s Greensborough Plaza tested positive to the virus yesterday.
“As soon as we were made aware, we immediately closed the store as a safety precaution and we’re currently conducting a thorough sanitisation of the store and will reopen tomorrow,” Kmart wrote in a statement on Monday.