McDonald’s COVID-19 outbreak, third worker tests positive

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Six cases total of COVID-19 have been linked to a McDonald’s restaurant in Melbourne’s northeast, as a third worker tests positive for the virus today. The Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the linkage between all six cases and the restaurant in Fawkner.

“Today’s increase in cases illustrates once again that while we have been flattening the curve, our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said.

The McDonald’s restaurant has closed for two weeks as a precaution and will undergo a deep clean. On worker attended a shift on May 8 before testing positive for the virus, and so it is suspected that other workers who have been tested may be diagnosed with the virus. Ninety-two staff members are quarantining and authorities are working on contact tracing.

“While it is encouraging that we can begin a cautious path to normalcy, this is not an invitation to indulge in potential risky behaviours,” Professor Sutton said.

“We must maintain physical distancing and act in a common-sense way to ensure we don’t create a second wave of this terrible disease, as we have seen in other countries once they have relaxed their stringent regulations.”

Victoria’s total COVID-19 count is at 1514.

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