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Melbourne McDonald’s store remains open after worker tests positive to COVID-19

A staff member at a McDonald’s store in Melbourne’s north has tested positive to COVID-19, but the restaurant remains open.

A worker at the Fawkner restaurant tested positive earlier this week. The employee last worked at the store on April 30.

McDonald’s Australia told 3AW Mornings the health department did not advise the store that they were required to ask any other employees to isolate or seek testing, however the fast food restaurant asked seven crew members and one manager to self-isolate for 14 days as a precaution.

In a statement, McDonald’s Australia says the Fawkner store “has continued to conduct strict cleaning and sanitisation procedures” and remains open.

All restaurant employees have been notified of the positive case.

McDonald’s said there was “no suggestion” the worker was exposed to COVID-19 while working at the restaurant.

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3AW Mornings has contacted the Department of Health and Human Services and is awaiting a response.

Full statement from McDonald’s Australia:

McDonald’s Australia confirms an employee at its Fawkner restaurant has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and is self-isolating at home.

There is no suggestion the employee was exposed to COVID-19 in the restaurant. The employee last worked at the restaurant on Thursday 30 April.

The health and safety of our people and our customers is our priority. We have notified all restaurant employees and received official confirmation of a positive diagnosis from the Department of Health this morning. 

The Fawkner restaurant has continued to conduct strict cleaning and sanitisation procedures and remains open.

McDonald’s Australia implements strict cleaning, quality control and hygiene procedures throughout every shift at each of its restaurants.”

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