Suspected Covid-19 case in Whangārei

The suspected case is being re-tested.

A person tested in Whangārei has returned a weak positive for Covid-19.

The Northland DHB says the person was tested on Monday. It says the situation is under investigation and a repeat test has been organised.

The person is an essential worker who was asymptomatic when tested.

Meanwhile, Dr Caroline McElnay has reported the death of a Covid-19 patient at Middlemore Hospital.

At today's briefing, where 39 community cases were reported, Dr McElnay says there are 32 people in hospital with Covid-19, including seven in intensive care.

Dr McElnay says she did not have details regarding the death of the person.

"There are conversations happening with the family and we have to respect the family's wishes, they are obviously grieving. When we are able to release information we will."

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