Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Truck driver exposure sites to be listed tonight

The Ministry of Health has issued an update on two of today’s 13 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases, which are currently being investigated by public health staff.

It said Auckland Regional Public Health had now completed its initial interview with the truck driver who returned a positive test result as confirmed earlier today. The man’s case has been linked to the existing outbreak.

“A small number of exposure events are in the process of being worked through by public health staff,” the Ministry said.

It said any locations of interest will be listed on the Ministry of Health website later tonight.

“We anticipate the first of a handful of Auckland locations, expected to be supermarkets and dairies, to be published this evening. Where we can readily identify contacts, these exposure events will not be listed.”

There are four other household contacts of the truck driver who are in self-isolation and are being tested, the Ministry confirmed

Meanwhile, a patient who tested positive at Middlemore hospital on Wednesday evening has also been interviewed, and is now in isolation at home awaiting transfer to MIQ.

“The individual is in a household where no other cases have been identified at this stage.  All household members are in isolation and we continue to look for links to other cases,” the Ministry said.

“The other five previous cases identified through exposure events at Middlemore hospital have all been linked to the outbreak on further investigation.”

It said more information on both these cases would be available tomorrow.

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