Adelaide pharmacy workers in isolation


A South Australian pharmacy employee has tested positive for COVID-19 and a store has been forensically sanitised

National Pharmacies has issued a statement saying that it places the highest priority on the health and wellbeing of its employees, members and customers, following the news that an Adelaide store employee has contracted the novel coronavirus.

“National Pharmacies confirms that on Tuesday 31 March an employee at our Findon store tested positive for COVID-19,” said CEO Vito Borrello in the statement.

“National Pharmacies is working closely with SA Health to identify anyone who may have had contact with the employee.

“This employee contracted the virus outside of National Pharmacies through a link to the Adelaide Airport cluster of infections. The employee is recovering in isolation at her home.

“A further 15 employees who worked with her are in isolation at the direction of SA Health and are being tested for COVID-19 as appropriate.

“The store was forensically sanitised overnight by specialist cleaners immediately after National Pharmacies was informed late on Tuesday and is today staffed by team members from other stores.”

Mr Borrello said that National Pharmacies employees “provide an essential public service in the COVID-19 pandemic and their efforts are highly valued”.

“Our goal to keep everyone safe and well is reflected in measures that include specially installed acrylic serving screens and rigorous protocols that are in force in all stores to protect pharmacy staff, members and customers,” he said.

South Australia has just moved to boost its Communicable Disease Control Branch’s contact tracing team by up to 300 additional staff.

Up to 150 staff will be recommissioned from other public servant roles to boost the contact tracing team immediately, while up to another 150 will be ready for surge capacity if the caseload escalates.

The decisive action follows a direction from Premier Steven Marshall to activate the Public Sector Mobilisation Policy to ensure the state’s resources are best utilised during the pandemic.

“The additional contact tracing staff will further improve South Australia’s world class COVID-19 containment strategy that underpins our strong plan to protect South Australians during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Premier Marshall.

“The CDCB has done a magnificent job and the State Liberal Government is intent on making sure they have the resources they need to track, isolate and stop the spread of the disease in the community.

“By extensive testing, diligent contact tracing and the whole community working as one through social distancing, washing our hands, avoiding non-essential outings and following the latest health advice we can slow the spread of this disease and save lives.”

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