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The Ministry of Health has confirmed that a second worker at the Sudima Hotel managed isolation facility in Christchurch has tested positive for COVID-19.
The person is a close workplace contact of the case reported yesterday. The person works at the facility and is not a returnee; they are treated as a community case.
Both this case and the one reported on Monday were in contact with the international mariners in the course of their duties, including some of the 31 mariners who tested positive to COVID-19 and remained in quarantine.
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The individual was tested as part of the routine testing for staff in the facility and returned a negative test on Thursday, October 29.
They were found to be asymptomatic and were retested after being identified as a close work contact of the case reported on Monday, and a positive result was received today.
The person is now in self-isolation at home and transfer is being arranged to a managed isolation facility.
There are only two close contacts of this current case, both household contacts are both now being tested, and both are in isolation at home.
At this stage, the Ministry of Health is not advising of any need to change the current approach as both cases have limited numbers of contacts, and the incident is currently well contained.
The first of the international mariners are due to complete their managed isolation this morning, have had their isolation extended for at least a further 48 hours as an additional precautionary measure while further information from the current round of staff testing is gathered.
This measures of precaution have included additional testes — up to four tests for some individuals and an early lengthened stay in the managed isolation facility.
Genome sequencing of the case announced on Monday is not expected to be completed until later this evening, and it will be reported at tomorrows 1 pm press conference.
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