Costco worker infected, another school shut

By | July 26, 2020

A second worker has become infected with coronavirus at a Costco warehouse in Melbourne’s north.

A message was sent to employees at the Epping facility confirming the staffer last worked on Sunday, July 19, between 10.45am and 3.45pm.

Costco said it would communicate directly with co-workers known to have been in close contact with the individual.

The first worker at the Epping Costco tested positive for coronavirus on July 11.

It comes after a secondary school in the nearby suburb of Lalor closed over the weekend after a confirmed case of COVID-19.

In a letter to staff and families, Lalor Secondary School confirmed a student at the David St campus was infected and the school would close for at least 48 hours from Monday.

“The school will be closed to all students, staff and members of the community,” principal Corey Jewell said.

“The closure will allow time for the school and DHHS to undertake a full risk assessment. The closure will also allow appropriate cleaning of the school site to occur on the recommendation of DHHS.”

Online learning will resume for VCE students who were previously studying onsite.

About 20 schools across Melbourne shut last week following positive COVID-19 infections, raising serious concerns over a proposed return of Prep to Year 10 students in three weeks’ time.

Almost 70 Victorian schools have closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds of Victorian aged care residents and staff are battling COVID-19, with the death toll expected to rise.

Victoria recorded Australia’s highest single daily death toll of the pandemic on Sunday with 10 deaths and 459 new cases.

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The state now has 71 of the country‘s 155 deaths – 22 more than NSW – while 228 Victorians remain in hospital, including 42 in intensive care.

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