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There is one new case of COVID-19 to report in the community today. Two imported cases have also been reported in managed isolation.
Of the new community case, the man is a ports worker and returned a positive test yesterday afternoon. The man was likely to be infections on October 14 and 15. The man stayed in New Plymouth at two different places, but they have since been deep cleaned.
The man lives in Auckland but also did work in New Plymouth. He drove to New Plymouth by himself on Tuesday, October 13, which means there is a limited number of close contacts.
On Wednesday (October 14) he did some working at a ship at the Taranaki port, he then checked into a different accommodation but then decided he’d travel back to Auckland on Wednesday evening and was at home on Thursday (October 15).
Four household contacts of his are in isolation and they have been tested.
A note: the man was not at the ports of Auckland while infectious.
The close contacts from the man’s job who worked with him are being ‘scoped’.
He went to work on Friday before going to get a test after feeling COVID-19 symptoms on October 16.
Furthermore, information revealed that the man used masks and gloves when working and was tested within a few hours of developing the COVID-19 symptoms.
All port workers have to wear masks and gloves/PPE gear.
The people he was in contact with at the port are security and people on the ship.
The ship he worked on had recently been to Auckland, Taranaki and Lyttleton.
The risk to people in New Plymouth is very low according to the Ministry of Health, as the man had limited interactions with anyone at the motel he stayed at and also at the port.
The man was moved to Jet Park’s quarantine facility, including some close contacts he was with.
There are two imported cases reported in managed isolation facilities today and one new historical case – which was the case mentioned on Friday.
The historical case has now recovered and was infected overseas.
The first imported case arrived in New Zealand on October 5 from England via Dubai and tested positive on day 12 of their stay in managed isolation.
The second imported case arrived in New Zealand on October 13 from Dubai and tested positive on day 12 of their stay in managed isolation.
Both of the imported cases have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.
One of the cases reported yesterday has been put as ‘under investigation’ to see if it was a historical case and has been removed from the numbers tally until it is resolved.
The total number of active COVID-19 cases is currently 42.
There is no one in hospital with COVID-19 in New Zealand.
The total confirmed COVID-19 cases are now at 1,530. This is the number that the Ministry of Health reports to the World Health Organisation.
Laboratories yesterday processed 3,390 tests, since the new results after duplicates, the revised number of total tests processed to date is at 1,030,115.
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