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Thursday evening, the Ministry of Health confirmed that a person who turned up at Middlemore Hospital's Emergency Department for an unrelated issue tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
The patient presented with a non-Covid-19 related issue. They provided answers to all screening questions in the negative.
It was reported the patient had no exposure to the virus, no symptoms, including not being at any locations of interest.
The patient was assessed in the Emergency Department and spent a short amount of time in the Adult Short Stay ward before deciding to go home. Consent was given to have a swab test, but they did not wait for the results to return.
The Ministry notified the patient that they returned a positive result and they are now isolating.
“Middlemore Hospital’s Infection, Prevention and Control, and Occupational Health staff are working together with the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) to assess the risk of this exposure,” a statement to thisquality said.
All staff in the Emergency Department and in the Adult Short Stay area were wearing appropriate PPE gear for that specific area of the hospital. In addition, they are required to wear N95 masks and goggles to prevent transmission of the virus.
Risk to the community is considered extremely low, and as a result, no staff will be stood down. Inpatients deemed as close contacts of the patient have since been identified and told to isolate.
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