Air NZ suspected Covid case visited an Auckland paint shop

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 9:02PM
(Photo / File)
(Photo / File)

Air NZ suspected Covid case visited an Auckland paint shop

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Tue, 24 Nov 2020, 9:02PM

An Auckland paint store will be closed for the next few days after it was visited by a person who could have Covid.

The Mt Roskill Resene ColourShop said in a message tonight it has been advised that a person suspected of having Covid visited the store November 20 between 11.45am and 12.15pm.

"Our Mt Roskill team are following Auckland Regional Public Health Service advice and are being tested for COVID-19 and self-isolating until they receive a negative test result. No Resene staff are showing any symptoms."

The store said ARPH has also advised the customers are considered to be at very low risk and are not required to get tested or to stay in self-isolation, unless they develop symptoms.

"As a precaution, the Mt Roskill Resene ColourShop will be cleaned before reopening."

No other Resene Colour Shop stores are affected.

It comes after it was earlier confirmed Animates Manukau was one of the locations visited by an Air New Zealand staffer who has tested positive for Covid-19.

The suspected positive case visited the store on Saturday afternoon. Photo / Google

The suspected positive case visited the store on Saturday afternoon. Photo / Google

The Ministry of Health said today that anyone who was at the store on Saturday November 21 between 1.22pm and 2.11pm should get tested.

Notifications were being sent through the Covid tracer app to people who scanned into the store around this time.

The Animates store declined to comment further.

The ministry said testing was being recommended as a precaution only, and the risk of contracting the virus was low.

The Air New Zealand cabin crew member tested positive after arriving in Shanghai on Sunday. They are being re-tested and the case is classified as "under investigation" by the ministry.

Out of an abundance of caution, it was being treated as a confirmed case.

In the two weeks before the positive test, the person's movements had been confined to Auckland and they had contact with relatively few people.

So far, three close contacts of the person had been identified in Auckland, all of whom were in self-isolation. Another two close contacts were under investigation.

The Air NZ staffer also made brief visits to a number of other businesses and shops on November 20 and 21.

Staff at most of these businesses were being advised to isolate at home and get tested if they developed symptoms. Members of the public who were at these locations were not considered to be at risk.