Advice about what to do if you’re in Auckland region.

Yesterday we reported a new border-related COVID-19 case in a worker at the Grand Millennium managed isolation facility. There are no new positive cases from contacts of this case. Ten close contacts have been identified. All have been contacted and are self isolating. Five have returned negative test results and we are awaiting further results.

The worker returned a positive swab after being tested on Tuesday. A second test result yesterday also returned a positive result.

This person has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility.  

At this stage, there are no locations of interest to report.

Locations of interest in Auckland

8 April 2021: There is one new border-related positive COVID-19 case, in a worker at the Grand Millennium managed isolation facility. If any locations of interest are identified, we will provide a link to them here.

Locations of interest for the Auckland March cases are available on the Ministry of Health website. 

For contact tracing purposes, anyone who attended one of the locations listed during the relevant timeframes is considered to be a contact.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking individuals to follow the instructions in the table if they visited these locations during the relevant times.

Locations of interest in Auckland (external link)

Types of close and casual contacts

There are several types of ‘contacts’:

  • close plus contacts
  • close contacts
  • casual plus contacts, and
  • casual contacts.

The Ministry of Health gives advice to all these types of contacts on what they need to do.

Close or close plus contacts

Close contacts or close plus contacts are those who are likely to be at a higher risk of being infected.

If you have been identified as a close contact or close plus contact of someone with COVID-19, the Ministry of Health or your Public Health Unit will contact you.

Advice and actions for close contacts or close plus contacts at the Ministry of Health (external link)

Casual plus contacts

Casual plus contacts are people who have had exposure to a case, but who do not meet the criteria of a close contact. For casual plus contacts, their contact was where there is higher risk for transmission.

In some specific higher-risk situations, the Ministry of Health may contact you if you are a casual plus contact.

Advice and actions for casual plus contacts at the Ministry of Health (external link)

Casual contacts

Casual contacts are people who have had exposure to a case, but who do not meet the criteria of a close contact or a casual plus contact. 

Advice and actions for casual contacts at the Ministry of Health (external link)

Getting tested for COVID-19

What you need to do depends if you are a close plus contact, close contact, casual plus contact or a casual contact.

When you need to get tested if you're a contact (external link)

Testing locations in Auckland

Frontline staff are working hard to ensure everyone who needs to be tested gets a test as soon as possible.

Find a community testing centre in the Auckland region (external link)

Support for business

Encourage your employees to stay home if they’re sick and get a test. If a staff member has COVID-like symptoms, they should get tested and stay home until they get a negative result.

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

You can apply for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme to help you pay employees who have been advised to self-isolate and who cannot work from home.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme, and how to apply(external link) (external link)

COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment

The COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment helps businesses to pay their employees who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result. This payment is also available to self-employed people.

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment, and how to apply (external link)

Learn more about financial support for businesses

Stay home if you’re sick

If you feel unwell, isolate wherever you are and get advice about getting tested.

Stay home if you’re sick

Wear a face covering on public transport

You legally must wear a face covering:

  • on public transport
  • on domestic flights
  • by taxi and ride-share drivers — while it’s not compulsory for passengers to wear them, we strongly encourage you to.

There are exemptions for some people and services.

You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering when you're outside your home and in a place where it’s hard to keep your distance from other people.

Who needs to wear face coverings

Practise good hygiene

These simple steps can slow the spread of the virus — protecting yourself and others.

Ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19

Wash your hands

Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself and others safe. Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.

Cough or sneeze into your elbow

Coughing or sneezing into your elbow keeps the virus off your hands so you will not spread it to other people and make them sick too.

Clean surfaces

Regularly clean surfaces that get touched frequently.

Use the NZ COVID Tracer app

Turn on Bluetooth in the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan QR codes wherever you go.

Using Bluetooth and scanning together keeps a private digital diary of where you have been and who you have been near, and means you will receive instant notifications about possible exposure to COVID-19.

If you do not use the app, use whatever method works for you, like the NZ COVID Tracer booklet. Encourage your family, whānau and friends to do the same.

Download the NZ COVID Tracer app

Print your NZ COVID Tracer booklet

Translated information and resources

Auckland Regional Public Health Service translated information and resources about COVID-19 in a range of languages.

View translated information about COVID-19 (external link)

Beware of misinformation on social media and other sources

Misinformation works against us at a time when we need to work together to beat COVID-19.

Only share information from official sources.

You can always find accurate and timely information on the Unite Against COVID-19 website and the Ministry of Health website (external link)

Our social media channels are also updated frequently — follow Unite Against COVID-19 on Facebook (external link)

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