Two New Positive Community Cases –household Members Of Today’s Case

The Ministry of Health was this afternoon notified that
two siblings of today’s positive case from Papatoetoe High
School have also tested positive for COVID-19.

siblings are a teenager and an infant. The parents and a
third older sibling have returned negative tests. The family
has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine

Today’s initial case, a Papatoetoe High
School student known as Case I, has not been at school. They
are a casual plus contact of the initial case at Papatoetoe
High School and had been advised to self-isolate and get

The teenage sibling, known as Case J, recently
finished school and has been working at Kmart Botany. Case J
was at work on Friday 19 February and Saturday 20 February
between 4pm and 10pm. Kmart Botany is regarded as a location
of interest.

Therefore anyone who was at Kmart Botany,
500 Ti Rakau Drive, Botany Downs, at these times is
considered a casual plus contact. If you are a casual plus
contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and
call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation
timeframes and testing requirements.

Thirty-one staff
at Kmart have already been identified as close contacts and
are isolating and being provided with public health

Other locations of interest for the three
cases are continuing to be investigated and will be notified
when available.

The infant, known as Case K, does not
have childcare outside the home.

A testing centre was
set up at the school early afternoon and 672 tests were done
today. Testing will be available again at the school
tomorrow. The school community has been requested to return
to complete testing if they did not receive it

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The Ministry is advising everyone in a
Papatoetoe High School household must stay away from work or
any other school, educational facility or community setting
(e.g. the supermarket or any other place outside the home).
The school remains closed and no students or staff will be
able to return until advised by a Medical Officer of

At this point, household members who are not
students or staff do not need to be retested, unless they
have symptoms or are asked to do so.

We will be
providing updates on contact tracing tomorrow. Whole genome
sequencing of Case I will be available

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