Two siblings of newest Covid case take a look at constructive

Security ramps up ahead of Covid-19 testing at Papatoetoe High School on 23 February.

2021-02-23 12:11:41

Two siblings of the newest Covid-19 case from Papatoetoe Excessive College have additionally examined constructive.

Security ramps up ahead of Covid-19 testing at Papatoetoe High School on 23 February.

Picture: RNZ / Simon Rogers

Earlier at present, the Ministry of Well being mentioned an adolescent thought of to be a casual-plus contact of the group circumstances had examined constructive.

The Papatoetoe Excessive College pupil had not returned to highschool at present, Minister of Covid Response Chris Hipkins mentioned.

The brand new circumstances are the siblings of the brand new case – an adolescent and an toddler. The dad and mom and a 3rd older sibling have returned unfavorable checks to date, the ministry mentioned in an announcement.

The household has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.

The teenage sibling lately completed faculty and has been working at Kmart Botany. They had been at work on Friday 19 February and Saturday 20 February between 4pm and 10pm.

The ministry mentioned it’s now a location of curiosity and anybody who was there at these occasions is taken into account an off-the-cuff plus contact.

In case you are an off-the-cuff plus contact, you might be suggested to right away isolate at dwelling and name Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for recommendation on isolation timeframes and testing necessities.

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Thirty-one workers at Kmart have already been recognized as shut contacts and are isolating and being supplied with public well being recommendation.

The ministry mentioned extra places of curiosity for at present’s circumstances had been being investigated. The toddler doesn’t have childcare exterior the house.

A testing centre was arrange on the faculty this afternoon and 672 checks had been executed at present.

Testing will probably be out there once more on the faculty tomorrow for individuals who had been unable to obtain it at present.

The ministry is advising everybody in a Papatoetoe Excessive College family should keep away from work or another faculty, instructional facility or group setting (e.g. the grocery store or another place exterior the house).

The college stays closed and no college students or workers will be capable to return till suggested by a Medical Officer of Well being.

At this level, family members who usually are not college students or workers don’t should be retested, except they’ve signs or are requested to take action.

Additional updates on contact tracing and genome sequencing of at present’s earlier reported case could be out there tomorrow, the ministry mentioned.

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