10 Sep 2021

Covid-19: 36 patients potentially exposed at Middlemore Hospital after infected person's visit

From Morning Report, 7:09 am on 10 September 2021

Middlemore Hospital is back in the news this morning after a person arrived at the Hospital yesterday with an undiagnosed case of Covid-19.

That person is now in managed isolation.

Middlemore chief medical officer Dr Peter Watson told Morning Report the person didn't fit the criteria for screening as they were not identified as a close contact and had not visited a location of interest, but got a test anyway.

Dr Watson says 36 patients were potentially exposed to the virus due to the person's visit. Staff who met with the person wore PPE and Dr Watson says none have been stood down.

The incident comes days after staff at the hospital were stood down and wards closed to new admissions after a patient later diagnosed to have Covid-19 was placed in a hospital room with three other patients.

Four wards were closed, patients were isolated, and nearly 30 staff were stood down, 149 people were tested.