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The Ministry of Health notified the press about a person with an ‘indeterminate’ test result for Covid-19 in Stewart Island, which is now under investigation to determine if they are a positive case.
Subsequent repeat testing returned negative, including from family members.
Results of serology testing will be due later in the day, and the Ministry will provide more information when it becomes available.
Several precautionary steps are being taken.
A local childcare centre was closed for the rest of the week, and locals who may be possible contacts have been asked to isolate until further information becomes available.
Because of the nature of this event, a community testing station was opened up starting from 1pm today at the Community Centre for other members of the small community.
So far, there’s been no identification of any likely source of infection, according to Public health staff. This is due to the relative isolation of the community.
“Health authorities currently believe that it is most likely that the person is not a case,” a Ministry spokesperson said to thisquality.
The local DHB is putting additional staff on the ground in Stewart Island — this is to provide testing for those in the community with symptoms and anyone linked to the childcare centre.
Image: SUPPLIED/Kieran Somer
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