COVID-19: Community case confirmed in Christchurch

COVID-19: Community case confirmed in Christchurch

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed there is one new managed isolation related case in Christchurch in the community.

The case was reported to the Ministry on Monday afternoon, who is a staff member working in a managed isolation facility in Christchurch. The staff member worked in a managed isolation facility where the international mariners are at.

Full details of the case and the actions taken in response will be provided at the 1 pm stand up on Tuesday.

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The individual was tested as part of routine testing for staff in the facility and returned a negative test on Thursday, October 29, but, on Saturday they developed symptoms and sought a further test on Sunday, a positive test result was received earlier today.

The person is now in isolation at home and reports taking care to isolate themselves as soon as they developed symptoms.

The first of the international mariners, due to complete their managed isolation on Tuesday morning, will then have their managed isolation extended for at least 24 more hours as a precautionary measure.

Those precautionary measures have included additional tests – up to four tests for some individuals – and an already lengthened stay in managed isolation.

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