Covid 19 coronavirus: Health chief Ashley Bloomfield to update on latest Covid-19 test results

Director general of health Ashley Bloomfield is set to reveal whether there are any more cases of Covid-19 in the community.

He will hold a press conference at 1pm to announce the results of the latest round of testing. The stand-up will be livestreamed here.

When Bloomfield spoke to media this morning he said he hadn’t been alerted to anything overnight which was good news but most of the test results came through at 9am.

Bloomfield told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking he was looking for zero days of community cases to determine when Auckland’s lockdown should come to an end.

One of the cases which sparked Auckland’s lockdown had been about for a week while infectious and the last exposure event was Saturday so those cases might not show up until mid-week.

He said he wasn’t getting the police involved so far this lockdown because the families needed support to navigate isolation.

“In the first instance we get our health providers to go out because often what it is the families just need support to stay isolated safely. If we have any issues or challenges or if we can’t find people then we don’t hesitate to involve the police.”

He said he did not think a punitive approach was the best way to counter the virus and get people on board.

Bloomfield imagined the MIT student who sparked this lockdown “wasn’t having a great time” at the moment.

“I imagine he’s extremely remorseful at the moment. It’s a pretty heavy burden to bear.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the rulebreakers’ actions were not tolerable.

“If there is any question mark over there being consequences – those individuals are facing the full judgment of the entire nation.”

The Government was this morning criticised for its Covid-19 messaging.

Pasifika Medical Association chief executive Debbie Sorensen told RNZ official terms such as “casual plus contact” were hard to grasp.

“We need to encourage people and reassure them that nothing bad will happen to them if they get tested.

“A lot of people in South Auckland are in casual employment, they’re working day by day, and they’re very fearful. If that’s your only form of income to support a number of people in your household, then the drivers are very strong to actually go to work.

“And so, I think, understanding the context in which people live is actually the heart of the matter.”

The locations of interest:

26 February
• City Fitness, Papatoetoe – 3.25pm-4.30pm – Casual Plus Contacts
• Hunters Plaza – 3pm–5pm – Casual
25 February
• Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), Manukau Campus – 12pm-6.30pm – Casual
• Burger King Highland Park – 8pm-9pm – Casual

24 February
• Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), Manukau Campus – 12pm-6.30pm – Casual
• MIT Breaktime Café – 3.45pm-4.15pm- Casual

23 February
• Your Health Pharmacy, Great South Rd – 3.15pm–3.20pm – Casual

22 February
• Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT), Manukau Campus – 12pm-6.30pm – Casual
• MIT Breaktime Café – 3.15pm-3.45pm – Casual
• KFC Botany Downs – 3.30pm-12.30am – Close or casual plus

21 February
• Pak n Save Manakau – 6pm–6.10pm – Casual

20 February
• City Fitness, Papatoetoe – 11.15am-1.45pm – Casual Plus Contacts
• Hunters Plaza – 11am-2pm – Casual
• Kmart Botany – CUSTOMERS – 3.30pm-10.30pm – Close Contacts. Households must also isolate if the customer has symptoms
• Kmart Botany – STAFF – 3.30pm-10.30pm – Close Contacts. Households must also isolate until staff member returns day 5 test.
• Dark Vapes East Tamaki – CUSTOMERS – 7pm-8.30pm – Close Contacts. Households must also isolate if the customer has symptoms
• Dark Vapes East Tamaki – STAFF – 7pm-8.30pm – Close Plus Contacts. Households must also isolate until staff member returns day 5 test.

Testing centres in South Auckland

The Whānau Ora Community Clinic
Where: 25 Druces Rd, Wiri
When: 1 to 5 March from 8.30am to 4.30pm

Ōtara Community Testing Centre
Where: Ōtara Town Centre, 14 Fair Mall, Ōtara
When: 1 to 5 March from 8.30am to 4pm

Airport Oaks Community Testing Centre
Where: 149 Kirkbride Rd, Māngere
When: 1 to 4 March from 8am to 4pm

Kohuora Park pop-up Testing Centre
Where: Kohuora Park. Entrance via 40 Station Rd, Papatoetoe
When: 1 and 2 March from 9am to 4pm

Takanini Community Testing Centre
Where: 106 Great South Rd, Takanini
When: 1 to 5 March from 8am to 6pm


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