19 Oct 2020

Covid-19: Hotelier confident little risk of contagion after from stay from community case

From Morning Report, 6:51 am on 19 October 2020

A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little to no risk of contagion for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19.

Taranaki health officials have been contacting close contacts of the Auckland man in his twenties who spent two days working at Port Taranaki before having symptoms.

The man was among about 150 guests staying at the Devon Hotel on Tuesday night and is now in isolation at the Auckland quarantine facility.

The hotel's owner Peter Tennent says different guests stayed in that same room until yesterday when he was notified of the case.

He told RNZ reporter Amy Williams the hotel has a strict cleaning regime and is open except for that one room which has been deep cleaned.