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Wellington covid case confirmed; he visited Countdown in Cable Car Lane

The Wellington covid case reported yesterday has been confirmed today after a second positive result. The Ministry of Health says the initial weak result, combined with the follow-up test, indicates the case is in the early stages of infection. He is self-isolating.

The covid patient is a user of the Covid-19 tracer app, which will assist with contact tracing and identifying any locations of interest.

So far, one location of interest has been identified – Countdown Cable Car Lane in Wellington Central, which he visited on Tuesday between 7.12 and 7.30pm.

UPDATE: The DomPost reports a member of the Island Bay Bowling Club has been identified as a close contact. The club closed till the contact returned a negative test. It has now reopened.

The Ministry said investigations have identified a small number of close contacts, including the case’s co-workers, who are isolating and being tested. All results from this testing have come back negative.

“We urge anyone in the Wellington region with Covid-19-related symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if they are vaccinated.”

A total of 172 new community cases were reported today, including the case in Wellington. Seventy people are in hospital.

Wellington.Scoop – November 19
A weak positive covid case has been identified in Wellington, as part of routine surveillance testing. It was discovered when an essential worker from Auckland was tested last night.

The Ministry of Health says the result could indicate a historical case or a case in the early stages of infection. The worker is having a repeat test today and follow-up with the workplace includes tests of co-workers.

RNZ reports that HEB Construction was notified by the Ministry of Health last night of a weak positive result in one of its workers. He is not symptomatic and is double vaccinated. RNZ understands the construction worker has been in isolation since the test result yesterday.

Mayor Andy Foster said the man has fewer than 10 contacts, with the crew working outdoors on an inner suburb reservoir which which also lowered the risk. He said while this case was not cause for undue alarm, he agreed Covid-19 would soon reach the city. “We’ve all got to keep on getting vaccinated, Wellingtonians have been absolutely spectacularly good at that.”

The DomPost reports that the construction worker was working on the Omāroro reservoir in Mount Cook. Wellington Water has closed the site while the other workers are tested.

The acting chief executive of Wellington Water Kevin Locke said: “The site is open air, has been complying with Covid-19 protocols and has kept a record of everybody who has been on site. We are following the advice coming from the Ministry of Health as we respond to this situation.”

Porirua doctor Bryan Betty, who is also head of the College of GPs, told Midday Report he was notified this morning of the case.

Dr Betty said it was a matter of when not if Covid would reach Wellington and it reinforced the urgent need for vaccination and the clock was ticking.

Porirua mayor Anita Baker said she was very worried about the dangerously low vaccination rates in some areas, particularly Cannons Creek and Waitangirua, where coverage rates are in the low 60s. She said disinformation is a big factor behind vaccine reluctance in some communities.

She said she saw a large queue for testing yesterday and both the testing stations and vaccination clinics were working well.

Baker said health authorities are holding a big vaccine push tomorrow in Waitangirua, where coverage rates are in the low 60s. “I’m really pleading with people to get on board and get vaccinated.”

A total of 198 new community cases were reported today – 152 of them in Auckland. There are 30 more cases in the Waikato, three more in Northland and six more in the Bay of Plenty. There is one new case in Taupo and one in Christchurch, a person who had visited the North Island. The Levin case reported yesterday is now isolating with the two Wairarapa cases.

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