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8.10pm: Auckland quarantine worker tests positive for Covid-19
A worker at the Auckland quarantine facility has tested positive for Covid-19, the Ministry of Health has announced. This is the second worker at the Jet Park facility to contract the virus, after a health worker tested positive in September. The case is the third among staff of MIQ facilities in just five days, with two staff from the Christchurch facility at Sudima Hotel testing positive earlier in the week.
The latest individual has been tested regularly as part of the routine testing for staff in the facility, most recently being swabbed on November 3 and returning a negative test on November 4, says the ministry.
The staff member developed symptoms yesterday, on November 5, and was tested again that day. That test has returned a positive result. Contacts of the worker are being traced, isolated and tested.
The person visited two downtown businesses yesterday, during their infectious period – Mezze Bar on Durham Lane and Queen St bottle shop Liquor.com. Anyone who visited the Mezze Bar between 11.00am and 1pm on Thursday and Liquor.com between 1pm and 2pm is considered a casual contact and should keep an eye out for symptoms. You can find more information on the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website here.
A push notification has been sent via NZ Covid Tracer to everyone who scanned in to these businesses around the relevant time.
Full details of the case, and the actions taken in response to the positive result, will be provided in an update at 1pm tomorrow.