COVID-19: Genomically linked healthcare worker update

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An update was announced to media that a healthcare worker who works at Auckland’s quarantine isolation facility, had tested positive for COVID-19 — The worker earlier was genomically linked to cases that were on their final days of isolation at the Auckland quarantine facility.

The epidemiological link has now been established.

The link, of which was identified to a community case at the facility who required hospitalisation, the healthcare worker assessed and assisted this community case.


“A review is underway at this very point in time. There is a clinical team there to have a good look at what happened in the circumstances so that we can see if there are any lessons to be learned, any changes to protocols and of course improving our IBC procedures to make sure that staff there and others in the facility are protected,” said Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

“Our national contact tracing system has recorded 85 close contacts of that healthcare worker from the gym sessions at Les Mills in Tekapuna, all have been contacted and are self isolating.”

80 of those close contacts as having returned a negative test result.

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