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Negative covid test for Wellington contact of woman who travelled illegally to Northland

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The Ministry of Health today announced that a Wellington person has been identified as one of 18 contacts of the covid-positive Auckland woman who traveled to Northland with false documents and then refused to give information about where she’d been. Her travelling companion has now been found and has also tested positive for covid.

However the other 17 contacts, including the Wellington person, have tested negative.

The DomPost reports that the covid positive traveller is suspected to be a sex worker with gang links.

Press Release – Ministry of Health
The travelling companion of the first Northland case, who was located by Police in West Auckland last night, has now tested positive for COVID-19 and has been transferred to an MIQ facility. She is being interviewed and any new locations of interest in Auckland and Northland will be posted on the Ministry of Health website as they become available.

Eighteen contacts have been identified as associated with the first Northland case. Contact tracers have made contact with 17 of these individuals, one of whom is the travelling companion and four who are household contacts. All 17 have been tested. The remaining contact is being actively followed up by contact tracers and will be advised to get a test.

Of the 18 contacts identified, nine are in Northland, seven are in Auckland, one is in Wellington, and one is still to be determined.

Northland DHB has stepped up testing and screening at Northland hospitals for visitors and patients. Anyone with symptoms should get tested and people in Auckland and Northland should continue checking the Ministry’s website for new locations of interest. Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay says this would help limit any potential spread of infection from the case. Public health interviews with the case are underway to confirm their movements. The DHBs are encouraging vaccination at general practices, pharmacies, Māori health providers and DHB clinics.

A total of 43 new covid cases have been announced today – 40 in Auckland and three in the Waikato. Twenty-four of today’s cases are linked.

82 percent of eligible New Zealanders aged 12 and over have had their first dose of the vaccine, and 58 percent have had their second dose and are now fully vaccinated.

Covid statistics from October 1 to October 11.

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