Otago Daily Times

West­pac em­ployee tests pos­i­tive

- QUICK THINK­ING LAUDED Health · Oceania News · Greater Auckland · New Zealand · New Zealand Ministry of Health · Ministry of Health

AUCK­LAND: West­pac has con­firmed a staff mem­ber at its head of­fice has tested pos­i­tive for Covid­19, and em­ploy­ees are be­ing asked to mon­i­tor their health.

The bank spokesman said the em­ployee, who did not usu­ally come into con­tact with cus­tomers, con­tracted it from a close con­tact.

‘‘As soon as they be­came aware a mem­ber of their house­hold had con­tact with a Covid­19 case, the em­ployee self­iso­lated. The self­iso­la­tion started last Fri­day evening and of­fi­cial ad­vice is that the staff mem­ber would not have be­come in­fec­tious un­til Tues­day week.’’

How­ever, as a pre­cau­tion, the bank was deep­clean­ing the workspace and floor where the staff mem­ber worked, the spokesman said.

Other stan­dard Covid­19 pro

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this ce­dures, in­clud­ing ask­ing the em­ployee’s col­leagues to mon­i­tor their health, had been in­sti­tuted.

‘‘We’re in fre­quent con­tact with this em­ployee and are of­fer­ing full sup­port,’’ the spokesman said.

Nine new cases — eight in man­aged iso­la­tion and one house­hold con­tact of one of the marine em­ployee clus­ter cases — were re­ported in New Zealand yes­ter­day, di­rec­tor­gen­eral of health Ash­ley Bloom­field said.

The Min­istry of Health con­firmed the West­pac case was in­cluded in yes­ter­day’s new

Covid­19 case num­bers.

Snap Fit­ness gen­eral man­ager Bren­dan Hur­rell said Auck­land Re­gional Pub­lic Health had yes­ter­day af­ter­noon in­formed him all 10 close con­tacts from the Browns Bay gym’s boot camp had been traced, tested and were iso­lat­ing.

He said his man­ager’s test re­sults had re­turned neg­a­tive, which he said was a ‘‘pos­i­tive start’’.

Mr Hur­rell said they had de­cided to push back re­open­ing the branch un­til to­mor­row morn­ing to make sure there were no new de­vel­op­ments in the next 24 hours that would af­fect the busi­ness or its mem­bers.

‘‘We just thought we’d be safe,’’ he said.

Malt owner Kevin McVicar said all of his staff had also tested neg­a­tive but they would need to com­plete their iso­la­tion pe­riod given they were con­sid­ered close con­tacts of the pa­tron who vis­ited last Fri­day.

There are 1923 con­firmed cases, and 66 ac­tive cases.

New Zealand’s labs com­pleted 6053 tests on Thurs­day. — The New Zealand Her­ald

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