A pharmacy closed for cleaning after a patient visited a medical centre located inside it, then recorded a false positive for the novel coronavirus
Cabramatta Plaza in Western Sydney announced on social media on Monday that there had been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a person who visited on Friday, 17 July.
The patient attended the Ledang Family Medical Centre, which is located inside the Cincotta Discount Chemist, between 4.50 and 5.10pm on that day.
“The team at Cincotta and Ledang Medical Centre are working closely with NSW Health and as a precaution, the store and medical centre will be thoroughly cleaned overnight,” Cabramatta Plaza wrote.
“We have received no advice which indicates there was any risk to other customers or retail team members who visited Cabramatta Plaza.
“Although as a precautionary step the entire centre will be going through a deep clean overnight on Monday 20th July.”
Cabramatta Plaza said that the safety of its customers, retailers and community was its priority, and encouraged all to follow information provided by NSW Health.
On Tuesday morning, Ledang Family Medical Centre shared the news that the positive result was false.
“We would like to formally address the COVID-19 scare we had yesterday,” the team at the surgery wrote.
“For those who were not aware, we had a patient come into our office on Friday evening and we were advised that initial COVID-19 results showed a positive result.
“As a result, we took all the necessary steps, informing the local public health unit and we worked closely with them to ensure the safety of our community.
“Overnight the centre went through a deep clean and anyone in contact with this patient, including Dr. Le and our receptionist, also underwent COVID testing.
“This morning it was confirmed that the initial results of this patient showed a FALSE POSITIVE. I.e. the patient is now confirmed NEGATIVE for COVID-19.
“Regardless, the centre is closed today as a precaution. Dr Le’s and the receptionist’s results have also come back as NEGATIVE.
“Please be assured that we will continue to provide care to our community from tomorrow, under strict regulations as set by NSW Health.”