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COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield reported in a press briefing at 1:30 pm on Sunday that there are three new Community Cases reported in Auckland.
The three new cases are a mother, father and daughter based in South Auckland. One case was also reported in a managed isolation facility.
Results from tests of the father returned early this morning while the mother’s returned late last night.
The mother works for LSG Skychefs — her role is in the laundry department, also being involved in preparing packed meals. She tested negative on January 18 after being on a mandatory fortnightly cycle, later going on leave from February 5. *There was no risk of passing the virus on within laundry or food.
It was noted in the press briefing that the father is self-employed and an interview was underway to find out who needs to isolate and get tested.
The daughter attended Papatoetoe High Scool. It will be closed on February 15 and 16 to allow for a testing facility to be set up.
Genome testing of one other household contact (who has been tested) including the three infected is underway. Results from the genomic testing are expected this evening. A close contact of the family subsequently tested negative for the virus.
Two of the positive cases visited a number of New Plymouth tourist attractions. Still, there is little information that has developed or been given by the Ministry of Health as they have not fully worked out the detailed information.
Two of the cases also visited Pak’n Save Manukau for a short period of time on Friday, February 12. The Ministry of Health is treating this event as a possible exposure and that people who were there between the time of 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm are advised to stay home and get tested if they feel developing symptoms of COVID-19.
Event organisers based in Auckland were asked to talk to health officials about whether they should do anything in regards to cancellations or changes for health security reasons.
There are no alert level changes expected or considered during the early stage but as the Ministry of Health collects more information, this may change in future depending on if the situation can stay under control.
Further updates in another press briefing will be made available by the afternoon.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to return to Wellington this afternoon and not attend the Big Gay Out today. She will be briefed on the new developments.
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