Review under way after healthcare worker catches Covid-19 from quarantined person

Henrietta Strickland
September 16, 2020

Nigel Te Hiko has died in Waikato Hospital, almost two weeks after his brother Alan died in Auckland from the virus.

Today's new case is a woman in her 30s who arrived from Dubai on September 9 and is in managed isolation.

There are now 79 active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand - 52 are in the community and 27 are imported.

We are today reporting the death of a man who had COVID-19.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the man was in his 50s and passed away yesterday afternoon.

There were no community cases.

"His whānau have asked us to tell New Zealand coronavirus is "so real" and to be vigilant and cautious".

"They have issued a plea to all New Zealanders that if you are sick and have symptoms to stay home and seek advice about getting a test".

Bloomfield said the link was to one of the people connected to the Auckland August cluster who was being quarantined and required hospitalisation.

It marks the 25th death in New Zealand since the virus first arrived on our shores in February, and just the third since a resurgence in the community was detected on August 11.

Dr Bloomfield says a clinical review will be undertaken to assess the nature of the worker's interaction with the community case, and their use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

"Our thoughts are with this man's family and friends".

Alan died in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital earlier this month.

The exact epidemiological link to the health care worker who tested positive at the Auckland quarantine facility has been confirmed.

"We are in the process of contacting the rest".

Nigel died at Waikato Hospital's ICU unit, and was known as a leader and historian for Ngāti Raukawa.

Dr Ashely Bloomfield has revealed how a healthcare worker became infected with Covid-19 at an Auckland quarantine facility.

"With today's three new cases and 16 additional recovered cases, our total number of active cases is 83", says the ministry.

The contract tracing team had recorded 85 close contacts from the gym classes and they were all in self-isolation.

Of those, 27 are imported cases in MIQ facilities, and 52 are community cases.

The total number of confirmed cases is now 1451.

Meanwhile another 9088 tests were processed on Tuesday, bringing the number of tests completed to date to 881,532.

An update now on the case of the healthcare worker from the quarantine facility who had tested positive for COVID-19.

All close and casual contacts from the gym whose test results have been returned have tested negative. They have been in managed isolation at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua and tested positive for Covid-19 during routine testing around day three of their stay.

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