New confirmed Covid-19 Border Worker Case poses threat to Community

New confirmed Covid-19 Border Worker Case poses threat to Community

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The Ministry of Health reported a new Border Worker that tested positive for Covid-19 last night in Auckland — they are a person that cleans international planes.

After the worker tested positive, interviews were immediately put in place because the infection was from them flying internationally to countries where Covid-19 is exploding with newly emerging cases daily.

thisquality understands that the person was tested weekly as part of routine surveillance testing. On Monday, they were tested, and results were returned on Tuesday as positive; previous tests were negative.

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Whole genome sequencing was sent for results from their PCR test. It will help provide information on how they became positive with the virus.

They were transferred to Auckland’s quarantine facility, while five household contacts were tested and have all returned negative results. Further close contacts of this new case are being identified, isolated and tested within the workforce.

At least 16 close contacts were recognised from this case, but numbers are expected to change as more get contacted following the person’s movements.

The risk to the public is low from this case. Their role was singularly involved with employment and not public-facing, however, the results returning positive come one day after the opening of the trans-Tasman travel bibble with Australia.

Pop up testing was set up at Auckland Airport yesterday afternoon, and locations of interest revealed, being a food court in a mall, hardware store and an ice cream parlour.

  1. Westfield St Luke’s Food Court, Saturday 17 April 2021 12:15 pm to 2:30 pm
  2. Bunnings New Lynn, Saturday 17 April 2021 2:30 pm to 3:50 pm
  3. Movenpick Dominion Road, Saturday 17 April 2021 5:15 pm to 7:20 pm

“This case is a reminder that everyone in New Zealand should be using the NZ COVID Tracer app – if you have scanned in at a location with someone who has Covid-19 you will be sent a notification through the app which is the quickest and easiest way to protect your whanau,” said a Ministry of Health spokesperson to thisquality.

“People who were at these places are considered casual contacts, who should monitor their health and be aware of any symptoms of Covid-19. The Ministry’s assessment, based on what we know so far, is that the risk to the public appears low.”

Those that have developed symptoms should stay home and contact Healthline on 0800 359 5453 to get tested.

It was noted that this new case was fully vaccinated during the early moments of the vaccination campaign. They had received two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine during February and March.

“We know the Pfizer vaccine is highly effective, but at 95% effectiveness, a small number may not be protected. Breakthrough infections happen with all vaccines,” said the spokesperson to thisquality.”

 “This shows us how important it is that as many New Zealanders as possible take up the offer to receive the vaccine when they are offered it and are protected. The more people that are vaccinated, the more protected we will all be.”

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