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Another COVID-19 case confirmed

Another COVID-19 case confirmed

Posted March 17, 2020

Media Release: Ministry of Health

A teenager who is a student at Logan Park High School has been confirmed as New Zealand’s 12th case of COVID-19.

In a media conference earlier today Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the person had been tested and results were expected shortly.

The result has now come back positive.

The teenager is a family member of the Dunedin man in his 40’s returned from Germany who was also announced as a positive case today.

The school is to close for 48 hours while close contacts are traced and put in self isolation. Other contacts will be given advice about what to do if they become unwell. The school will be carefully cleaned before reopening.

The school will not open until cleared to do so by health officials.

These steps will help limit the chances of further cases.

The Ministries of Education and Health are working closely with Public Health services in Dunedin and the school to help minimise disruption, progress contact tracing and reduce the possibility of spread.