8PM update on community cases

The Ministry of Health is providing an additional update on today’s three positive community cases.

As we’ve said, they are a mother, father and daughter from one household in South Auckland. There is one other household member who has symptoms but has tested negative. This person will remain under investigation as a close contact.

The three members of the family group who are positive cases have now been transferred to our Auckland quarantine facility. The fourth household member, who has tested negative, will remain at home at under strict isolation and public health supervision.

Genomic sequencing is underway for the first two cases, with results due late this evening. We will provide any update from this on Monday.

Locations of Interest

Updating is ongoing for locations of interest around these cases.

Full details are available on our Locations of interest page.

Regarding some specific locations:

Papatoetoe High School

One of the biggest groups affected by these cases is Papatoetoe High School, where the daughter is a student.

There are around 1,400 students at the school, and it will be closed for learning on Monday and Tuesday.

The daughter’s immediate classmates are being treated as close contacts, as are a small number of teachers.

If you are one of these close contacts – please self-isolate at home and call Healthline to arrange a test and get further advice.

All other students, teachers and members of the school community should also stay home, call Healthline to arrange a test, and stay at home until they return a negative result.

A pop-up testing centre will be set up at Papatoetoe High School from Monday morning.

We’re setting up this centre specifically for students, parents, caregivers and staff. We want to prioritise this group, so it’s important that the public does not attend for testing at the high school.

We understand community concerns however we want to reassure people in South Auckland that we are taking this approach out of an abundance of caution.

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