Supermarket Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Shenzhen

By Barnaby Lofton, August 15, 2020

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A staff member at Hema Supermarket IBC Mall branch (水贝盒马鲜生超市) in Shenzhen’s Luohu district was diagnosed with COVID-19 yesterday. The Health Commission of Guangdong released an official notice on August 14 detailing the recent travel history of the patient, surnamed Chen. 

The 41-year-old had returned back to her hometown Lufeng, a county-level city in Shanwei, Guangdong with her three children on August 6 by bus. The next day, she had a sore throat, diarrhea and developed a fever. On the evening of August 12, she was admitted to the emergency department of her local hospital.  

Shanwei and Shenzhen quickly activated epidemic response measures. As of press time, 3,870 people were tested including those on the bus with Chen, residents of the same apartment, medical staff and more. Of the 1,105 results, five people tested positive, but asymptomatic (three are the patient’s family members and two are Chen’s colleagues at Hema).  

All residents in Chen’s apartment complex and employees at her workplace were quarantined. Additionally, all Hema stores in Shenzhen will be closed today (August 15) for disinfection and testing of products. 

Chen worked as a yogurt salesperson at Hema supermarket. From August 15-17, free COVID-19 testing is available for those who have visited Hema Supermarket (IBC Mall branch) since July 24 at the following locations:  

  • North Gate of Hema Supermarket IBC Mall branch (9am-6pm testing)

  • Luohu District People’s Hospital fever clinic (24-hour testing)

  • Luohu District Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine fever clinic (24-hour testing). 

Experts add, if you practice good daily hygiene habits, which include wearing a mask and washing your hands when you return home, chances of contracting COVID-19 at the grocery store are low.  

[Cover image via Winshang]

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