3 Oct 2021

Parent of baby in neonatal unit at Auckland City Hospital tests positive

7:53 pm on 3 October 2021

The parent of a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit at Auckland City Hospital has tested positive for Covid-19 today, the Ministry of Health says.

Auckland City Hospital

Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook

In a statement this evening, the Ministry said it has been advised of the result by the Auckland DHB.

Movements in and out of the neonatal unit have been restricted and the DHB is testing all staff, whānau and babies in the unit as a precaution.

All of the babies in the unit and those who have recently been discharged are being monitored closely as part of their ongoing care and treatment. The DHB's initial investigations suggest the risk to babies in the unit is low, the statement said.

Auckland DHB and Auckland Regional Public Health Service are working as fast as possible to identify patients and staff who are considered to be contacts.

The DHB has plans in place to manage staff levels until it is safe for everyone to return to work.

Some expectant mothers may be transferred to other maternity units if their baby is likely to need neonatal care that can be provided from neighbouring facilities.

Auckland DHB has acknowledged this is a time of uncertainty for the families involved. They say they are providing support to any parents, patients and staff members who need it. This includes supporting the Covid-19 positive parent and their family.

"The thoughts of the DHB, and the Ministry, are with this family as they manage the stress of a positive test result, as well as having a newborn baby in intensive care."

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