No community cases; 3 new cases and 1 historical case of COVID-19 in managed isolation; Mattina update

There are no cases of COVID-19 to report in the community in New Zealand today.

There are three positive cases and one historical case of COVID-19 to report today in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities.

In addition to the nine previously reported cases, aboard the Mattina, there were three additional positive cases as at 9am today.

One further result is currently under investigation due to a high CT value; and three more have serological evidence of past infection and therefore are not deemed infectious at this stage.

Two further positive results aboard the Mattina were reported after 9am and will be officially added to our case tally in tomorrow’s update. We are reporting these out of cycle because of the high public interest in the Mattina.

The three remaining crew have returned negative tests.

One historical case at the border has been identified. A mariner aboard the Noble Island arrived on 12 July and was detected at the point of entry, before being granted shore leave. This mariner is not linked to others onboard the previously mentioned vessels. This person is currently quarantining onboard the Noble Island.

One previously reported case has now recovered. The number of active cases in New Zealand is 62.

Since 1 January 2021, there have been 100 historical cases, out of a total of 662 cases.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases detected at the border is six.

Our total number of confirmed cases is 2,479.

New border cases in New Zealand

Arrival date

From

Via

Positive test day/reason

Managed isolation/quarantine location

17 July

Fiji

Direct flight

Day 3 / routine

Auckland

17 July

Fiji

Direct flight

Day 3 / contact of a case

Auckland

20 July

Ghana

United Arab Emirates

Day 0 / routine

Auckland

18 July

Mariner

MS Mattina

Surveillance testing

South Port – Bluff

18 July

Mariner

MS Mattina

Surveillance testing

South Port – Bluff

18 July

Mariner

MS Mattina

Surveillance testing

South Port – Bluff

Mattina Update

Health and border authorities continue to manage the situation around the Mattina.

The health and welfare of the crew, and wider public health issues, are being overseen by Southern DHB’s Medical Officers of Health, who are working closely with maritime, port and other government agencies.

All crew who have tested positive will remain quarantined on board the vessel at this time, where they will maintain the minimum functions at the port.

If those who tested negative return another negative test today, they will be transported to a Christchurch-based quarantine facility using a well-planned securely managed transport plan, including the use of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) protocols.

It is safer to manage the smaller group of negative cases, by taking them off the ship.

The two crew members who were transferred to hospital yesterday after testing positive, have since returned to Mattina, following a comprehensive assessment. They were assessed as not currently requiring hospital level care.

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