Three workers who may have come into contact with a man confirmed to have Covid-19 have been tested and are isolating at home, Port Taranaki Chief Executive Guy Roper said. The case was announced on Sunday and the Ministry of Health said the man was potentially infectious on Wednesday and Thursday. Notably, the case has been announced in two separate cases. However, no reports of coronavirus were reported so far.
Instead, he drove back to Auckland and is now in isolation at the Auckland quarantine facility. Somewhere between 50-100 tests were conducted in Taranaki on Sunday, on a myriad of people. The community-based testing centres operate across the region and are located in New Plymouth, Hwera, Waitara and Opunake.
“It’s very unlikely the ship he worked on Wednesday in New Plymouth is the source of the infection because it would be a very, very short incubation period,” Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said. The vessel was met by health officials in Napier on Sunday. A port spokeswoman said she would assist Hawke’s Bay District Health Board to get medical staff onboard. Covid-19 testing is set to be carried out next week. How the worker picked up the virus is still being established.