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1.10pm: Quarantine employee checks constructive for Covid-19

A well being employee from Auckland’s Jet Park quarantine facility has examined constructive for Covid-19, the Ministry of Well being has introduced through a press launch.

The ministry is investigating to find out whether or not the an infection got here from throughout the quarantine facility, and says “at this stage no apparent hyperlinks to different circumstances locally have been established”.

The particular person’s function is “managing folks in quarantine after they take a look at constructive for Covid-19”, says the ministry.

The case was found through routine weekly testing. “The well being employee was examined final week and returned a unfavorable take a look at, so has picked up the virus in between the weekly checks that are completed as a part of the common testing of individuals working within the quarantine facility,” says the ministry.

“Thorough tracing of which individuals in quarantine the well being employee had contact with is being undertaken, as is genome testing to see what pressure of the virus the well being employee has to assist establish the supply.” The outcomes of the genomic testing are anticipated tomorrow.

5 family contacts are in isolation at their residence and are being examined immediately, and Jet Park workers thought to be shut contacts have been stood down. A deep clear of workers areas on the facility has been accomplished, and all workers are being retested over the subsequent 48 hours. A cell testing unit can be working on the quarantine facility immediately helping the same old testing service.

That is the primary time a workers member at Jet Park has examined constructive for Covid-19 in 5 and a half months of operation, says the ministry. “In that point the ability has managed 2532 people and their shut contacts, who’ve been transferred from the border, from different
managed isolation amenities and the group.

“Auckland Regional Public Well being Service is working carefully with the quarantine facility to assist with double checking protocols and procedures for protecting protected each workers and folks they’re caring for.

“We all know that workers working within the quarantine facility are at the next threat of an infection than the overall inhabitants, which reinforces the significance of the protections already in place.”

Additional particulars in regards to the precautionary steps being taken at Jet Park, similar to monitoring the employee’s current actions and standing down and testing shut contacts, can be offered immediately by the MIQ workforce.

“PPE is one among various safety measures utilized by workers and a overview by the An infection Prevention Management service by the Northern Managed Amenities High quality and Threat workforce can be carried out to see if the supply of the an infection might be discovered and to make suggestions for any extra precautions that must be taken in future.”

Case at border and numbers

Right now’s different case first is a returnee to New Zealand who arrived from South Africa on September eight and examined constructive in managed isolation. They continue to be in quarantine in Canterbury.

There are actually 63 folks linked to the group cluster who’re within the Auckland quarantine facility, which incorporates 38 individuals who have examined constructive for Covid-19 and their family contacts, says the ministry.

Throughout the group cluster, there are 33 circumstances within the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship group and 15 circumstances within the bereavement occasions group, which incorporates the circumstances whose supply of an infection was the bereavement occasions.

Three individuals are at present in hospital with Covid-19 – one is in isolation on a ward in Auckland Metropolis Hospital and two are in ICU, at North Shore and Waikato hospitals.

With immediately’s two new circumstances and 13 extra recovered circumstances, New Zealand’s complete variety of energetic circumstances is 97. Of these, 39 are imported circumstances in MIQ amenities, and 58 are group circumstances. The whole variety of confirmed circumstances of Covid-19 is now 1,446. Yesterday, laboratories processed 7,211 checks, bringing the entire variety of checks accomplished so far to 864,469.

12.50pm: Covid-19 case numbers to be up to date

The Ministry of Well being is anticipated to introduced immediately’s Covid-19 case numbers round 1pm through emailed assertion. We’ll deliver you all the small print right here as quickly because it lands.

Yesterday there have been two new circumstances, each linked to the “bereavement occasions” group related to the Mt Roskill sub-cluster.

12.15pm: On The Spinoff immediately

A captivating profile of Robett Hollis, the extraordinary Māori entrepreneur who went from professional snowboarder to enterprise chief, by Michael Andrew.

An exquisite picture essay by Edith Amituanai, with phrases by Sherry Zhang, on drain-layer “Skilled Mud Canine”, aka Ses Tohi, and his workforce of tradies at work on a significant roading venture in South Auckland.

Taxation tutorial Jonathan Barrett explains how New Zealand’s slim tax base advantages the rich and punishes the poor.

The story behind a brand new youngsters’s guide that goals to make use of the meteoric rise of the Tongan males’s rugby league workforce to encourage a brand new technology of Pacific readers, by Justin Latif.

A scrumptious cauliflower, onion and olive tart recipe from Emma Boyd.

9.15am: Cupboard to overview alert ranges tomorrow

Cupboard can be assembly tomorrow to overview New Zealand’s present alert ranges, with an announcement made that day. The nation is at present at alert degree two, however Auckland is colloquially at degree 2.5, with additional restrictions on gatherings. If the degrees do change, will probably be at 11.59pm on Wednesday, September 16.

For the final three days, group circumstances have numbered at two, one, and two, however it’s not so simple as case numbers. Cupboard can be contemplating a spread of things – right here’s an explainer Toby Manhire ready earlier, when the final alert degree change was being determined.

eight.30am: Two Waitematā DHB workers take a look at constructive for Covid-19

Two Waitematā District Well being Board workers members have contracted Covid-19, stories Stuff. In a press release, the DHB mentioned each employees are believed to be related to the Mt Roskill sub-cluster and weren’t contaminated at work.

One of many constructive circumstances was on go away earlier than changing into infectious and has not been again to work since, the DHB, which covers the North Shore, Rodney and West Auckland areas, advised Stuff. The opposite has been off work since late final month and is a part of a “non-patient-facing workforce” whose different members have since been examined and have all returned unfavorable outcomes.

A complete of 17 workers who had contact with one or each employees previous to their prognosis have been stood down early final week as a precautionary measure. All have since examined unfavorable, however will stay off work and in isolation till 14 days after the potential publicity, and can take one other take a look at round day 12.

Through the first Covid-19 outbreak, seven Waitākere Hospital nurses and at the least three shut contacts contracted Covid-19 after residents from St Margaret’s Relaxation House and Hospital have been moved there. In April, a significant incident overview carried out by Waitematā DHB discovered that whereas full PPE was obtainable to workers always, some robes and eyewear have been poor.

8am: On the marketing campaign path

Right here’s the place our political leaders are immediately:

  • Nationwide’s Judith Collins and Labour chief Jacinda Ardern will each be in Auckland.
  • NZ First’s Winston Peters will head to the Wairarapa area, with a go to to Carterton.
  • Act Social gathering chief David Seymour can be in Hamilton within the night for a public assembly at Te Rapa racecourse.
  • Inexperienced Social gathering co-leader James Shaw can be in Manawatū.

Yesterday’s headlines

Two new circumstances of Covid-19 locally have been introduced. Each are linked to the bereavement occasions sub-cluster that’s epidemiologically linked to the Mt Roskill church group.

Protesters gathered in Auckland for a “freedom rally” alongside Advance NZ social gathering leaders Billy Te Kahika and Jami-Lee Ross.

Labour introduced it will reinstate the Coaching Incentive Allowance for higher-skilled programs if re-elected, in addition to enhance the sum of money beneficiaries working part-time may earn.

Labour additionally pledged to pay the dwelling wage to public service contractors which would come with cleaners, caterers and safety guards.

The Greens introduced its agriculture coverage which might see $297 million go in direction of serving to farmers decarbonise and transition to a extra sustainable future.

The Māori Social gathering introduced its Mokopuna Māori Coverage, which might see a model new entity for Māori youngsters established impartial of Oranga Tamariki.

Learn yesterday’s updates in full right here.

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