Ōtaki close contact of COVID-19 case: first test returns negative

Ōtaki close contact of COVID-19 case: first test returns negative

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Yesterday a partner of a staff member who works at Ōtaki College was identified as a close contact of the positive COVID-19 case who was flying from Auckland to Wellington last Thursday. 

The close contact took all measures to follow health guidelines that the government has set around COVID-19 and self-isolated while test results were processed over the weekend.

The principle of Ōtaki College, Andy Fraser, confirmed during the evening today that the first test results of the close contact returned as negative.

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“While this is a great relief, the Ministry of Health Department protocols will continue to be followed with that person and partner continuing to self-isolate, with further testing to follow,” said Andy Fraser in a statement posted to social media.

Ōtaki College will operate as usual — as per the Ministry of Education and Regional Public Health guidelines.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement to thisquality that if you have been in contact with the close contact, you do not need to be tested. You should only get a test if you show symptoms of COVID-19.

If you feel unwell or do show any symptoms of COVID-19, you should stay home and request getting a test by calling your local GP.

A popup COVID-19 testing tent has been set up behind Ōtaki’s Museum which will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Tuesday. 

Image: CC/ Sam Hudson

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