Border Worker tests positive for COVID-19 in Auckland

Border Worker tests positive for COVID-19 in Auckland

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A newly discovered COVID-19 case has been confirmed to be positive in Auckland.

The announcement was made today by Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield following an ‘unscheduled’ briefing.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will also make an announcement at 2:30 pm regarding the case.

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The new case is a 24-year-old border worker, a security guard, who works at the Grand Millennium Managed Isolation Facility.

A swab test returned as positive on Tuesday. High CT values were also returned which means that it is likely to be an early infection or nearing its end, or it could potentially be historical.

Repeats of the CT values will be carried out today to give health officials a better understanding of the new infection.

Public Health officials carried out interviews this morning with the case to make further decisions on locations of interest. At this stage, however, the case was not working yesterday and did not visit anyone.

The worker lives alone but travels to work with a colleague. Contact Tracers advised this person that they are now deemed as a close contact and was told to self-isolate while also scheduled to get a test today.

If a location of interest is determined, push notifications will be issued by the Ministry of Health to those affected.

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