Village Grocer announced that an employee at their Melawati store tested positive for COVID-19!
Find out what happened, and if you should be concerned!
Village Grocer Melawati : One Employee Positive For COVID-19!
On 14 January 2021, Village Grocer announced that an employee at their Melawati Mall store tested positive for COVID-19.
The affected employee worked at their non-halal department, and last worked on 13 January 2021.
Village Grocer did not close their Melawati Mall outlet, but sanitised it and tested close contacts of their affected employee, and put them under home quarantine.
This is the third Village Grocer affected by COVID-19 this year, following their stores in 1 Mont Kiara and Sunsuria Forum.
Village Grocer Melawati COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement
Here is the official statement by Village Grocer on the COVID-19 case at their Melawati store.
Village Grocer Melawati Mall, 14 Jan 2021:
Please be aware we were informed today, one of our non-halal department staff in Melawati Mall outlet is confirmed Covid-19 positive on 13 Jan 2021, last reported to work on 13 Jan 2021. Staff identified as close contact will immediately undergo swab test and send for home quarantine. MOH will conduct contact tracing.
The store will undergo deep sanitisation tonight for the safety of our customer and staff.
Kindly refer to information release by MOH only for verification. For more information, please call MOH’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre’s (CPRC) hotline: 03-8881 0200/0600/0700.
The health and safety of our customer and staff are our utmost priority. We urge everyone to take their own precautionary measures to protect from Covid-19.
The management, Village Grocer
Village Grocer Melawati COVID-19 Cases : What’s The Risk?
Anyone who shopped at Village Grocer Melawati Mall on or before 13 January 2021, should be wary and self-quarantine if possible.
The risk will be low if both affected employee and customers wore face masks, and maintained physical distance.
The Ministry of Health will be conducting contact tracing for all positive cases, and those identified as close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and get tested.
This case reinforces the importance of contact tracing, as well as the MySejahtera mobile app which logs the movements of its users.
While shopping malls and all other public premises offer physical logbooks, we highly recommend that you use MySejahtera, because it allows for easier and faster contact tracing.
Using MySejahtera also obviates the need to sign a physical logbook, which usually means using a shared pen – an unnecessary risk factor.
COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles.
However, it is critical that you wear a face mask in public at all times, as they greatly reduce the risk of infection.
You should also maintain good hand hygiene by cleaning with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.
COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!
Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :
- Avoid suspected cases or disease hotspots, like hospitals, if possible!
- Avoid public events and crowds
- Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
- If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
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