Covid-19: 24 Dis-Chem staff in Boksburg test positive for coronavirus

Covid-19: 24 Dis-Chem staff in Boksburg test positive for coronavirus

- 24 staff members from a Boksburg Dis-Chem branch have tested positive for Covid-19

- The staff were asymptomatic and only tested positive after a second test was carried out after an initial case was identified at the branch

- The branch remains open but has been completely restaffed as it offers an essential service

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24 staff members of the Boksburg Dis-Chem branch have tested positive Covid-19. The employees were all symptom-free when they were tested according to Dis-Chem.

"All of these are symptom free," said Dis-Chem national clinic manager Lizeth Kruger following the testing of 132 employees.

Briefly.co.za learned that Kruger said that the first positive case was confirmed on the 9th of April. After which all the close contacts of the infected were screened in accordance with the department of health's protocol.

"The store was professionally cleaned. In addition, it took the precaution of testing the entire staff complement and any with symptoms were self-isolated immediately.
"Three additional staff members, who were both asymptomatic, then tested positive and were immediately quarantined in line with Department of Health protocol."

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All of the 132 staff were tested again 20 more members who were asymptomatic tested positive. The company was able to get results of the tests within 24 hours according to News24.

The company did not have to perform a second test but did so as an additional precaution.

"As an essential service provider to a large percentage of the Boksburg community, the store was reopened... on Friday with a totally new staff complement after further professional cleaning," Kruger said.

She said that the branch had not been closed as it provided an essential service to the community.

"The entire staff complement has been placed into self-isolation and the store has been re-staffed with employees from other Dis-Chem shops. The store has been extensively deep cleaned."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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