Covid 19 coronavirus Delta outbreak: Locations of interest top 200 – Auckland University expected to be added
New Zealand’s largest university and two more schools are expected to be added to a ballooning list of locations where the Delta strain may have been spread.
There are now 28 confirmed Covid cases in Auckland and three in Wellington, along with news students at the University of Auckland and Auckland’s De la Salle College and McAuley High School have tested positive and attended classes while infectious.
The university and two schools are now expected to be added to the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest today.
That list includes 206 visits to 166 distinct locations in Auckland, Wellington and the Coromandel.
Those present at any of the locations during the listed times are asked to get tested and self isolate.
The locations show the growing nature of the outbreak and its spread across the North Island.
University of Auckland vice-chancellor Dawn Freshwater emailed staff to say the student – who lived in a university hall with 160 others – attended classes on Monday and Tuesday this week.
They then travelled to Wellington to be with family before testing positive, Freshwater said.
Yesterday, Air NZ flight 445 from Auckland to Wellington on Sunday, August 15 at 5pm was added as a location of interest.
Separately, two others who visited Auckland and drove their cars back to Wellington later tested positive.
The locations they visited on the way have not yet all been released but include four petrol stations, a cafe, a workplace and a pharmacy.
Auckland locations listed as of being interest now include dates stretching back longer than two weeks, from Wednesday August 18 to Sunday August 1.
Recent locations of interest released yesterday include the Assembly of God Church in Māngere on Sunday, August 15. Exact times are still to come.
Others are mostly for bus routes on Monday and Tuesday, including between Māngere and Ōtāhuhu and Queen St-Newmarket-Māngere.
Previously new additions included New Lynn RSA Bowling Club, Countdown Birkenhead, St Honores Bakery Birkenhead, Church of Christ and its Sunday school in Mount Roskill, Giga Net Cafe in Mt Albert, Laundrycoin Laundromat Takanini, Birkenhead Superette & Lotto and the Downtown Carpark in Auckland’s CBD.
Blockhouse Bay Christian Kindergarten previously just had one visit there on August 4, but other visits were on August 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16 and 17 between 9am and 3pm.
With the three Wellingtonians now testing positive, the first locations of interest in the capital were also released yesterday.
That meant people who visited One Sushi Porirua, on Serlby Place, between 6.15pm and 6.30pm on August 17 are being urged to isolate and get a test.
Other Wellington locations include:
•Countdown Johnsonville Road.
• Johnsonville Medical Centre Pharmacy.
• 1841 Bar and Restaurant Johnsonville.
• The Roast Canteen Johnsonville.
• St Pierre’s Sushi Johnsonville Mall.
The owners of 1841 thanked the public for “messages of support”.
“Please also follow the Ministry of Health guidelines of what to do should you have been in during the time in question…we’ll be back.”
Earlier in Auckland, 79 locations of interest were added on Thursday as contact tracers made their first inroads into understanding the size of this outbreak.
That list began to show more businesses and eateries outside of North Shore, where a 58-year-old Devonport man tested positive for Covid earlier this week – sparking the level 4 lockdown.
It included businesses, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, takeaways, movie cinemas, petrol stations, car yards and even a cemetery spread across the city’s west, east, north and south.
Authorities including director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern continue to advise people to check the list regularly to ensure they have not been at a location of interest.
That is especially key for essential workers as well as people living in or who have recently been to the Auckland region.
Anyone who has been at a location of interest at the same time as a confirmed Covid positive case is automatically deemed a close contact.
All close contacts are to go into self-isolation immediately – as well as anyone they are living with – for 14 days.
They are also asked to get tested for Covid and to contact Healthline on 0800 611 116 for more advice.
It is thought potentially thousands of people are or will be affected and some companies are already having to deal with the effects of having a reduced number of staff available.
A dozen supermarkets around Auckland have been named as locations of interest in the last few days. In some cases, a Covid positive case or cases have visited the outlets twice.
Many staff members are having to self-isolate for a fortnight.
Some supermarkets, including New World Mt Roskill and Pak’nSave Wairau, have started advertising job positions – including checkout operators – in order to help fill current vacancies caused by the Covid outbreak.
Pak’nSave Wairau has also reduced its opening hours because of reduced number of staff members.
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