Woman, parent and their five-month-old baby test positive for Covid-19 after presenting to Middlemore Hospital

Woman, parent and their five-month-old baby test positive for Covid-19 after presenting to Middlemore Hospital

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Three people have tested positive for Covid-19 after presenting to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland over the last few days.

A woman was at the Hospital and undertook a test which returned a positive result. She'd developed symptoms post-discharge. She had been discharged from the birthing and assessment unit on September 8 following a routine form of antenatal assessment.

Symptoms started presenting the following day after the woman received health advice from her midwife — now isolating at a managed isolation facility.

During her time at the birthing unit, she was asymptomatic. Questions were asked regarding screening and all answers indicated she had no exposure or symptoms of the virus, including not being at any locations of interest.

Some staff members and patients of the woman are considered to be close contacts. There could be more deemed contacts as she was at the birthing unit for about forty-eight hours before developing the symptoms.

A further two more people have also tested positive for the virus — a parent and their five-month-old baby — they arrived at the Hospital's Kidz First Emergency Department on Friday afternoon.

The parent gave answers indicating they had no exposure or symptoms of the virus, including not being at any locations of interest. The child, however, was identified as being symptomatic by clinical staff in triage.

They were discharged and advised to isolate themselves at home.

Staff were wearing all appropriate PPE gear, including N95 masks and goggles. None are required to stand down.

All presentations to the Emergency Department are socially distanced and adults are required to wear a mask. However, out of an abundance of caution, Auckland Regional Public Health is investigating five potential contacts.

“Counties Manukau DHB is in the process of establishing how many patients will be deemed contacts and will contact them to ensure they are informed and able to isolate safely,” a statement to thisquality said.

“They are also working with Occupational Health and ARPHS to understand the contact status of any impacted staff and the related requirements.”

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