Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Truck driver tests positive for COVID-19

An Auckland truck driver who travelled to Palmerston North for work has tested positive for COVID-19.

The case was detected in a routine surveillance test carried out in Auckland yesterday, with a positive result returned earlier today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed.

“The person has been tested regularly, as required for essential workers travelling out of Auckland, and had previously returned a negative test result on September 24,” the Ministry said.

“The person’s infectious period is determined to be from September 28.

“As per surveillance testing protocol, essential workers who are permitted to cross Auckland’s boundaries are not required to self-isolate until they return a negative test result, as they undergo regular tests.”

The truck driver is currently isolating at a facility in Palmerston North.

“Auckland Regional Public Health Service has completed its initial interview with the person. Whole genome sequencing is underway,” the health authority said.

Two household contacts have been identified and are self-isolating.

“The hours worked by the driver means their contact with other people is limited.”

“A small number of exposure events are in the process of being worked through by public health staff. Any that are locations of interest will be listed on the Ministry of Health website.

“We anticipate the first of a handful of locations will be published this evening.”
The Ministry said more information on the case will be available tomorrow.

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