Returnee tests positive for COVID-19 while self-isolating at home in Hamilton

Returnee tests positive for COVID-19 while self-isolating at home in Hamilton

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The Ministry of Health sent thisquality a brief media statement regarding a newly emerged case that has become positive for COVID-19 while at home.

This returnee was a guest at the Pullman Hotel managed isolation facility in Auckland’s CBD and has recently isolated at home in Hamilton (since January 30) — they have since tested positive for COVID-19.

It was noted in the statement that this individual returned three prior negative tests before returning a positive test.

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All managed isolation guests have been told to self-isolate for five extra days following the mandatory 14 days that they are required to stay in for upon returning to New Zealand.

“The case reinforces the importance of the self-isolation and repeat testing strategy we have adopted around people leaving managed isolation at the Pullman,” the statement read.

“Based on our current assessment of the circumstances around this case, we consider the public health risk to be low and people in and around Hamilton should not be alarmed.”

More information will be made available at the 1 pm press briefing featuring the Director of Public Health, Dr Caroline McElnay.

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