25 Sep 2021

Waitakere Hospital patient tests positive for Covid-19

1:41 pm on 25 September 2021

Some patients affected by the Covid-19 case at Waitakere Hospital have been discharged and are now being followed up by public health staff.

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Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

It comes after a patient at Auckland's Waitākere Hospital has tested positive for Covid-19.

A Waitemata District Health Board spokesperson said the person presented at the emergency department yesterday with Covid-19 symptoms and was put in a separate area.

The Ministry of Health said the person is now at an Auckland quarantine facility.

It said fewer than ten patients are affected. Some of these patients have now been discharged and are being followed up by Auckland public health staff.

The Ministry said a small number of staff had contact with the patient, all were wearing full PPE and are fully vaccinated.

The spokesperson said there were a small number of people in that area, who will be monitored and tested.

However, they said there was no direct contact with other patients.

The overall exposure risk is considered low.

Since testing positive, the patient has been discharged to managed isolation.

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