The inconclusive COVID-19 test result of a Port of Tauranga worker, reported earlier today, has now returned a negative result, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.
It comes after one port worker was retested today after an initial result was inconclusive, following the container ship Rio De La Plata being unloaded at the city’s port.
“All ships coming to New Zealand from overseas are treated as if the ship has COVID-19 on board and protocols are in place to manage these risks,” the Ministry said in a statement.
“The Ministry understands from local public health staff that all infection prevention controls, and PPE protocol, were followed by port workers who had contact with the ship during their duties.”
The Ministry is asking port workers, their close contacts, and Tauranga community to remain vigilant and follow all health advice.
Anyone in New Zealand who has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should call Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice on getting a test. Anyone who is tested should self-isolate at home until they return a negative test.