Bacchus Marsh Coles has undergone an overnight deep clean of the entire store, after a team member tested postive to COVID19.

The company said the staffmember had not been at work since Saturday (August 15).

The supermarket inside The Village Shopping Centre closed at the usual time of 10pm yesterday.

Staff have been told to continue working unless they have been identified as having close contact with the infected person.

The company said a small number of close contacts have been asked to self isolate for 14-days. It is understood they have also been told to get tested.

“Coles will continue to work with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to finalise contact tracing,” the company said.

“Coles’ standard cleaning procedures comply with the Federal Government’s COVID19 Hygiene Practices For Supermarkets.

“Consistent with prior practice developed with the Victorian Department of Health, the store can continue to trade and the risk of transmission for customers and team members is very low.”

The supermarket was open again today (Wednesday).

Yesterday (Tuesday), Coles carried out additional deep cleans at its stores in Armstrong Creek store near Geelong and Patterson Lakes in Melbourne’s south east after staff there tested positive.

In both cases, the staff had not been at work for at least five days.

Bacchus Marsh Coles was also in the news last month after police stood outside the store for several hours, checking customers’ addresses.

The metropolitan boundary (with the City of Melton) is 11km away.

Coles has removed many of its previous purchase limits. The only limits that remain are on hand sanitiser (2), chicken thighs (2) and chicken breast (2).

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## COVID19 symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of smell.

Until 28 July 2021, Worksafe must be notified on 13 23 60 when employers or self-employed people become aware of a confirmed diagnosis.

If you need to be tested, Djerriwarrh Health Services has a drive-through clinic in Barries Rd Melton, open 10.30am-6pm weekdays and 9am-12pm weekends.

People can also book a test at Darley Medical Centre on 5367 5000.

In Ballarat, you can get tested at UFS Lucas (bookings 4311 1571), but only if you have symptoms.

You can also get a test at Ballarat’s Senior Citizens Centre, 16 Little Bridge St, 9am-2pm 7-days  (1800 054 172).

Interstate truckers or people awaiting surgery can get tested at Australian Clinical Labs, 110 Drummond St Nth, Ballarat, but they will need a GP referral.

The National Coronavirus Health Information line is 1800 020 080.

Lifeline can be contacted on 13 11 14 (24 hours), via text on 0477 13 11 14 or via online chat: www.lifeline.org.au

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