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2673 Wgtn contacts of infected tourist – 97% tested and negative

News from Ministry of Health
A total of 2,673 people have been identified as contacts of the infected Australian person who visited Wellington between 19 and 21 June.

Of those 2,673 total contacts, 2,583 or 97% of have returned a negative result, an increase of 78 negative test results since yesterday. An additional four people have had a swab and are awaiting a result, 19 people have been granted a clinical exemption, seven require no further action, and eight have returned overseas.

No community cases have been reported today.

Report from RNZ – 30 June
A total of 2618 people have been identified as contacts of the infected Australian person who visited Wellington between 19 and 21 June. Of those 2618 contacts, 2505 or 96 percent of people have returned a negative result, eight have had a swab and are awaiting a result; 14 people have been granted a clinical exemption and eight have returned overseas.

No new community cases have been reported.

News from Ministry of Health – June 29
A total of 2,608 people have now been identified as contacts of the infected Australian person who visited Wellington between 19 and 21 June. Of those, 2,416 or 93% of people have returned a negative result, 9 additional people have had a swab and are awaiting a result; 11 people have been granted a clinical exemption and 8 have returned overseas, which means their home jurisdiction will be following up with them.

The remaining contacts are being followed up by contact tracing teams.

No new community cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.

If you live in the Greater Wellington area, or were in the region between 19 and 21 June, we urge you to continue to check the Locations of interest which were visited by the Australian traveller to the city.

People who have been at any of these locations at the relevant time should immediately isolate at their home or accommodation and contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing.

A number of testing sites and centres around the region remain open for those people who have visited any of those locations of interest during the time periods specified or are displaying any cold or flu like symptoms.

The pop up sites at Te Papa and Riverbank carpark in Lower Hutt and the site in Upper Hutt are closed for now.

Yesterday there were 2,003 tests processed in the Greater Wellington region. People are asked to book in advance for a test.

News from Ministry of Health – June 28
A total of 2,597 people have been identified as potential contacts of the infected Australian tourist who visited Wellington from 19-21 June. Of those total contacts, 2,273 have returned a negative result. The remainder are either being followed up or are awaiting a test result and eight have been excluded from testing.

No new community cases have been reported.

News from Ministry of Health – June 27
A total of 2,444 people have so far been identified as contacts of the infected Australian tourist who visited Wellington last weekend. Of those 2,444 total contacts, 2,067 have returned a negative result. The remainder are either being followed up or are awaiting a test result.

Yesterday there were 676 tests processed in the Greater Wellington region. Further capacity is available at all sites this afternoon and tomorrow and we encourage anyone with cold or flu like symptoms to be tested at any of these testing stations.

News from Ministry of Health – June 26
A total of 2,213 people have so far been identified as contacts of the Australian person with covid who visited Wellington last weekend.

1,420 of those contacts need to isolate until a negative test result at day 5, while the remainder need to isolate for 14 days and have at least 2 tests.

Of those 2,213 total contacts, 1,441 have returned a negative result, 764 are either being followed up or are awaiting a test result and the remaining 8 have been excluded from testing.

There were no covid cases reported in Wellington today.

Yesterday there were 2,345 tests processed in the Greater Wellington region. That number is lower than the day before due to a large number of people already having had their day 5 tests. At this stage, you do not need to be tested if you were not at a location of interest, unless you are symptomatic.

Last night, we reported confirmation of the whole genome sequencing which has linked the Australian traveller’s COVID-19 infection to the current Sydney outbreak, and confirms that it is the Delta variant.

News from Ministry of Health – June 25
There have been no new cases of COVID-19 to report in the community today. There are 2 new cases in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities since yesterday. So far, 1,752 people have been identified as contacts of the Australian person who visited Wellington last weekend.

1,200 of those contacts need to isolate until a negative test result at day 5, while the remainder need to isolate for 14 days and have at least 2 tests.

Of those 1,752 total contacts, 532 have returned a negative result, 8 have returned overseas and the remaining 1,212 are either being followed up or are awaiting a test result.

There were 58 passengers on the Qantas flight QF163 on which the Australian passenger travelled to Wellington last Saturday. All have been advised to isolate. Of those 58 passengers, 27 have had a negative test result, and the remainder are expected to have results in the next couple of days.

Eight remaining passengers, mentioned above, have returned overseas – follow up action is being taken by the overseas jurisdiction.

New Zealand-based flight crew from both the inbound and outbound flights have all been contacted and are being tested. Those crew members based overseas are being managed by overseas jurisdictions.

Wellingtonians and visitors are again urged to check locations of interest visited by the Australian traveller last weekend. We have added advice for anyone who was in the Wellington Airport men’s toilets at the north end of Level 1 between 9.15 and 9.30 on 21 June.

People who have been at any of these locations at the relevant time should immediately isolate at their home or accommodation and contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing.

There is a Health Act section 70 notice in place that places a legal requirement on all people who were at locations of interest at the relevant times to follow the instructions regarding isolation and testing.

Additional COVID-19 testing sites available in Wellington region

There has been significant demand for COVID-19 testing in the Wellington region.

Yesterday there were 3,713 tests processed in the region. Priority is being given to testing individuals who have been at a location of interest at the specified time and individuals who are symptomatic. At this stage, you do not need to be tested if you were not at a location of interest, unless you are symptomatic.

It is critically important we are testing those who are most at risk from COVID-19 first. Anyone who was at a location of interest or is symptomatic should ring Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing and how to book a test.

People are asked to book in advance for a test at all testing sites.

Testing is available and continues to be provided, though there may be some times when people have to wait.

1 comment:

  1. Michelle Langstone, 26. June 2021, 17:35

    How do we keep getting away with no community cases?! Has someone powerful done some kind of extensive protection spell across our islands? We are insanely lucky, man. May it last and last. [via twitter]

     

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