4 new cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation
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Posted November 17, 2020
Media Release: Ministry of Health
There are four new cases of COVID-19 to report in New Zealand today – all detected in recent returnees in managed isolation. There are no new community cases.
Details of today’s cases are as follows:
· One arrived from Qatar via Australia on 5 November and tested positive at routine testing around day 12 of their stay in managed isolation.
· Two arrived from the UK via Qatar and Australia on 12 November and tested positive at routine testing around day 3 of their stay in managed isolation.
· One arrived from France via Qatar and Australia on 12 November and tested positive at routine testing around day 3 of their stay in managed isolation.
The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 is now 1,649.
One previously reported case has now recovered, which means there are 61 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand.
Yesterday, laboratories completed 6,146 tests for COVID-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,191,034.
November quarantine cluster
It has now been 14 days since it was reported Case A had tested positive for COVID-19. While it is encouraging that during this time health officials have only identified another four cases of COVID-19 that are all connected to Case A, it has not yet been 14 days since the last identified cases – Case D and Case E – were out in the community.
While it’s known Case A and Case D have an identical genome, and that means Case D most likely caught COVID-19 from Case A, despite extensive investigation the Ministry of Health has not yet been able to identify the exposure event that links these two people epidemiologically. Auckland Regional Public Health Service continues to pursue every possible angle on this source investigation.
Anyone who has visited one of the locations of interest during the relevant time period in the Auckland CBD – including the Mezze Bar and A-Z Collections is asked to get a test, regardless of whether they have symptoms.
This wide surveillance testing in the area where it’s known Cases A and D were when they were infectious will also help health officials to have added confidence that neither Case A nor Case D have further passed the virus on to anyone else. All surveillance testing around these two cases has to date returned negative results.
The pop-up testing clinic on Auckland’s Freyberg Place remains open until at least Friday and anyone who has visited a location of interest within the relevant time period and has not yet been tested should do so as soon as possible.
This testing facility is complemented by the six community testing centres in Auckland, along with availability at urgent care and primary care clinics across the city.
A full list of testing sites in Auckland can be found on the Auckland Regional Public Health Service website. The Ministry of Health website has details of where to get tested around the country.
Anyone with cold or flu symptoms anywhere in New Zealand should get a test and stay home until they receive a negative result.
Routine follow-up of contacts of each of the five cases continues.