The Ministry of Health, in a release to thisquality on the evening of Sunday, says three people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Waikato.
The new cases are household members of a remand prisoner who was announced as a positive case today.
Reports indicate the prisoner was released on an e-monitored bail from Mt Eden Prison on September 8 and was taken to a residence in the First of Thames. Monitoring showed he continued to stay at the address until self-reporting to Police at the East Coast Road boundary checkpoint at Waharau Regional Park.
The prisoner was held in custody in a cell by himself until a court appearance on September 17 in Manukau District Court.
Two out of the three reported cases attended Mangatangi School on the Hauraki Plains — all three that are positive and an accompanying adult caregiver were moved to a quarantine facility to contain further spread of the virus.
One young individual was symptomatic at the School on Thursday. It has come to closure as a result, with parents being contacted about the development. Students and their families will be directed to take a test.
Nine were in the household. Five tested negative, and the ninth will be tested tomorrow.
A pop-up testing centre will open up tomorrow at Wharewaka Marae in Whakatîwai. Locals and anyone within the area who feel symptoms of the virus has been asked to get a test when it opens.
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