COVID-19 Confirmed In Recent Pullman Managed Isolation Guest

COVID-19 Confirmed In Recent Pullman Managed Isolation Guest

The Ministry of Health can confirm an individual who had
previously been a guest at the managed isolation facility at
the Pullman Hotel has tested positive for
COVID-19.

This individual, who is asymptomatic, has
been isolating at home in Hamilton since 30 January and
previously returned 3 negative tests, the most recent one
being on 2 February.

The person is being transferred
to the Auckland quarantine facility.

Based on our
current assessment of the circumstances around this case we
consider the public health risk to be low and people in and
around Hamilton should not be alarmed. We are acting out of
an abundance of caution. We are not advising any
restrictions or cancellation of events. We recognise that
event organisers may make decisions independently.

The
positive result has been picked up on day 5 outside of
managed isolation as a result of recent measures put in
place for guests who have completed managed isolation at the
Pullman.

As well as their routine testing at days 0, 3
and 12 while in a facility, there is a requirement for all
Pullman managed isolation guests to self-isolate for 5 days
following completion of their 14 days in managed isolation
and return a negative day 5 test.

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Today’s case
reinforces the importance of the self-isolation and repeat
testing strategy we have adopted around the Pullman managed
isolation guests.

Case
details

The person who has tested positive is
a recent returnee from overseas and was in managed isolation
from 16 January to 30 January.

The person returned a
positive test result yesterday afternoon showing a high CT
value, indicating it could be a historical case.

A
further rapid test returned a CT value indicating the case
may be active. Further investigation is underway to
determine whether this may be an historical
case.

Close contacts

The person
who tested positive lives in Hamilton with two other
people.

Both these people, deemed close contacts, have
returned negative test results.

They have not
displayed any symptoms and continue to
self-isolate.

Testing
centres

At this stage there are no exposure
events or known locations of interest and the current public
health risk is deemed to be low.

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Based on the current
information, the only people who need to get tested are
people who are symptomatic.

This applies, as is usual
practice, to people throughout the country. People who are
well do not need to consider being tested.

Waikato
District Health Board is taking a precautionary approach by
expanding the testing capacity in Hamilton at the Founders
Theatre site. It has also set up an additional testing
centre at Claudelands Event Centre.

Details of these,
and all other testing facilities in the region, are
available on the DHB’s website.

People who are
concerned, have symptoms or need information relating to
testing should contact Healthline on 0800 358
5453.

New border case
details

Further to the positive COVID-19 case
above, there are 2 further cases of COVID-19 in managed
isolation to report in New Zealand since out last media
statement yesterday. One of these cases is deemed
historical.

Arrival
date
From Via Positive
test day/reason
Managed
isolation/quarantine location
1 Feb USA   Day
0/routine testing
Christchurch
Note: This case is deemed
historical.
4
Feb
USA   Day 0/routine
testing
Christchurch

One
previously reported case is now recovered. The total number
of active cases in New Zealand is 64. Our total number of
confirmed cases is 1,962.

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The total number of tests
processed by our laboratories to date is 1,556,265.

On
Friday, 4,556 tests were processed. The seven-day rolling
average up to yesterday is 4,237 tests processed.

NZ
COVID Tracer

NZ COVID Tracer now has 2,555,321
registered users.

Poster scans have reached
171,934,743 and users have created 7,040,845 manual diary
entries.

Since midday yesterday New Zealanders have
scanned 612,116 times. The seven-day rolling average number
of scans is 951,447. We thank all New Zealanders for their
efforts to keep track of their
movements.

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