Mornington store shuts after COVID-19 case


THE Telstra store at Mornington Central shopping centre was temporarily closed today (Thursday 16 July) after a staff member contracted coronavirus.

Spokesperson Matt Smithson told The News: “A staff member at one of our licensee stores, who worked last Friday, has tested positive to COVID-19.”

Mr Smithson said the staff member did not attend the store again before calling in to report a positive diagnosis last night (Wednesday 15 July).

Staff members were being tested and have been provided help under the company’s Employment Assistance program.

Mr Smithson said: “The store is currently being deep-cleaned over the next 48 hours and we look forward to welcoming customers back when it reopens.”

Centre Manager Andrew Gibson said in a letter to traders that the Telstra team was working with Department of Health and Human Services officers “and we are making contact with each of our retailers as a precautionary measure”.

Contact tracing had been completed to identify anyone who could have come into contact with the ill staff member, Mr Gibson said.

He said centre management had “increased our cleaning roster since learning of the case” with the focus on high public contact areas.

“We have put every possible safeguard and precaution in place and we are working from there.

“This will continue into the foreseeable future.”


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