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Additional info on new Covid cases

People are being urged to get tested if you visited a location of interest or have cold and flu symptoms.

There are four new cases of Covid-19 to confirm this morning.  Additional details and any further cases will be announced at 1pm.

One of the four new cases is a workmate of case A, the case announced yesterday.  The other three are contacts of this workmate, says a statement from the Ministry of Health.

"One of the three contacts is a fully vaccinated health professional who works at Auckland City Hospital and had been working in recent days.

"Auckland City Hospital has taken some immediate actions to shut down any potential spread.  Those actions include stopping unnecessary movements between wards, testing all staff and patients on the ward the health professional worked on and standing down, testing and isolating staff on the same ward. "

The Ministry received the results last night of the genome sequencing for case A.

"It is the Delta variant. We are undertaking further analysis to see how it could be connected to cases we know about.

"These developments strongly reinforce the importance of the actions taken last night in the move to level 4 and underpin the importance of everyone keeping to the lockdown conditions.

"The key message from the last lockdown remains relevant: ‘stay at home, save lives, be tested.  This will stop any undetected spread in the community."

The Ministry will be providing its assessment later today about the extent of likely spread in the community and the length of time the virus may have been circulating in the community.

"Only leave your home if you need to, and please wear a mask when you do.  We know of instances where people have picked up Delta simply by walking past someone with it," says the Ministry.

"Please get tested if you visited a location of interest or have cold and flu symptoms. Eight testing sites are being stood up in Auckland (details below) and we will be able to share details of testing sites in the Coromandel later this morning and elsewhere in the country."

Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453. And go to healthpoint.co.nz to find your local testing station, they will be updated during the day.

"We know that on the first day of testing it can take time for systems to be stood up and queues can be long.

"Please prepare to be in a queue for some time –wear a mask, take food and water with you, take a book to read or something to watch and please be patient and kind. Everyone is doing their best at testing stations, but the first day always tends to be busy."

Further updates will be provided at 1pm but our messages remain the ones we are familiar with:

-        Stay home
-        If you have to go out make sure you wear a mask
-        Stay in your bubble and reduce contact with others
-        Act as if you have COVID and as if others around you do to
-        We only have to look to Australia and see how hard it is to control spread once it takes hold and what not getting on top of the virus early looks like
-       Our approach has worked to date – hard and fast has meant fewer lock downs, fewer deaths and hospitalisations, and a more open economy, so we know what to do, we just need to do it again but even stronger than before – we are up against a more dangerous adversary in Delta.

Metro Auckland Community Testing Centres
Effective 18th August 9AM

NORTH NORTHCOTE COMMUNITY TESTING CENTRE
16-18 College Road, Northcote. Corner of College Road and Kilham Avenue. Entrance via College Rd
Wed 18th Aug
8:30am – 8:00pm
 
CENTRAL BALMORAL COMMUNITY TESTING CENTRE
182 Balmoral Road, Mount Eden
Wed 18th Aug
8:30am – 8:00pm
 
CENTRAL ST LUKES POP-UP COMMUNITY TESTING CENTRE
Whitecross St Lukes
52 St Lukes Road, Mount Albert
 
Wed 18th Aug
9:00am – 4:00pm
 
WEST WHÂNAU HOUSE, WAIPAREIRA TRUST HENDERSON
Corner of Edsel St & Catherine St, Henderson
Wed 18th Aug
8:30am – 8:00pm
WEST HEALTH NEW LYNN
Level 1 Carpark, Totara Health Services, McCrae Way, New Lynn
Wed 18th Aug
8:30am – 8:00pm
 
SOUTH THE WHÂNAU ORA COMMUNITY CLINIC
25 Druces Road, Wiri
Wed 18th Aug
8:30am – 8:00pm
SOUTH ÔTARA COMMUNITY TESTING CENTRE
Otara Town Centre, 14 Fair Mall, Otara
 
Wed 18th Aug
8:30am – 8:00pm
 



Pop-Up Community Testing Centres

NORTH NARROWNECK POP UP CTC
Woodall Park, Devonport
Enter via Seabreeze Road
Wed 18th Aug
9:00am – 8:00pm
Thurs 19th Aug
9:00am – 8:00pm
Fri 20th Aug
9:00am – 8:00pm

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@Slim Shady

Posted on 21-08-2021 16:57 | By morepork

Sorry, I’m not familiar with the Jet Park story you are alluding to. Did they seriously suggest it was borne on the wind?

@morepork

Posted on 18-08-2021 16:39 | By

Yes. It wafted in through a door. Don’t you watch the news? Funny how they released that story from Jet Park a few hours before the “shock outbreak”. Laughable

What is the source?

Posted on 18-08-2021 12:29 | By morepork

Did it just blow in on the wind? We don’t know... yet, but, sitting in my little bubble, I have time to speculate. It seems highly likely that it came on an aircraft and was missed by the processes in place. How long have we been suggesting that all travel without vaccination should be banned? Is it making sense now? It looks like our incredible lucky streak may be over. But at least experience has been gained and we will hopefully cope with this just as well as we did with the original virus. I believe that going to the highest lockdown level immediately is the right action, but it can only work if we all comply...

What is the source?

Posted on 18-08-2021 12:29 | By morepork

Did it just blow in on the wind? We don’t know... yet, but, sitting in my little bubble, I have time to speculate. It seems highly likely that it came on an aircraft and was missed by the processes in place. How long have we been suggesting that all travel without vaccination should be banned? Is it making sense now? It looks like our incredible lucky streak may be over. But at least experience has been gained and we will hopefully cope with this just as well as we did with the original virus. I believe that going to the highest lockdown level immediately is the right action, but it can only work if we all comply...