Testing begins on 150 close contacts of infected pupil

All is quiet . . . Logan Park High School will remain closed until after the weekend. PHOTO: STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

UPDATE: All close contacts tested negative to Covid-19.

About 150 close contacts of the Logan Park High School pupil who tested positive for Covid-19 will themselves be tested.

Director-general of health Ashley Bloomfield announced yesterday there were eight new cases in New Zealand.

Four are in Auckland, one is in Christchurch, two in Waikato and one in Invercargill.

All are overseas travel-related.

About 150 people who were in close contact with the Logan Park pupil will be tested and were expected to self-isolate for 14 days.

Logan Park High School would remain closed until after the weekend, as test results were not expected until Friday.

It was initially only going to be closed for 48 hours.

“After discussion and consideration this morning with the Prime Minister’s chief science adviser, the Ministry’s chief science adviser and the local chief officer of health and because this is the first positive case within a school, we have decided that in addition to the self-isolation that these close contacts will be tested over the next 24 hours,” Dr Bloomfield said.

“This is a unique situation and is part of our precautionary approach.”

The school will reopen when the test results are back.

The pupil’s father travelled to Germany and developed symptoms five days after returning.

Monday, he contacted his son and he went home.

Southern District Health Board chief executive Chris Fleming said the DHB had been preparing for the arrival of the disease in the district and again commended those who had provided care and supported the public health response.

family]. We ask they are supported and that their privacy is respected at this time,

Mr Fleming also called on the community to play its part in stamping the disease out.

we have of Covid-19 in our district, and we need you to help ensure the health system is able to support those who need care.

stopping the spread, or at least slowing it to a manageable rate.

should stay away from work, school or any other institution,” he said.

Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have undertaken any overseas travel in the past 14 days, or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with Covid-19.

Do not go directly to the emergency department or your GP.

advice from the Ministry of Health and sharing the messages from the Ministry of Health as widely as possible,” Mr Fleming said.

“We all need to work together to prevent community transmission and we thank you for your support and co-operation.