People who were on the two bus trips with the case from Britomart to Takanini on the afternoon of January 13, and from Panmure to Britomart on the morning of January 14 are considered close contacts.
Two Auckland bus routes, a Warehouse store and a New World Metro in Auckland’s CBD are among the locations linked to a border worker who has tested positive for the Omicron variant.
Among the close contacts identified so far are 39 people who were on the two bus trips with the case from Britomart to Takanini on the afternoon of January 13, and from Panmure to Britomart the following morning. The MIQ worker on the bus trips was wearing their mask throughout both journeys, the Ministry of Health has said.
Those who were on the bus trips are considered close contacts and should get tested and isolate immediately, get a further test on day 5, and follow the advice from public health officials, the Ministry said in a statement.
The case also visited The Warehouse Takanini on January 12, from 6.39pm to 7.15pm, and the New World Metro at 125 Queen St on both January 13 from 12.11pm to 12.30pm and January 14 from 12.21pm to 12.30pm. They also visited Morrin Road Bakehouse in Saint Johns twice – on January 10 and January 14, Gateway Wholesale Meats in Takanini on January 11, and Shosha Takanini on January 10.
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These locations are not deemed high-risk, so people who visited at the same time are not required to isolate, but should self-monitor for 10 days and get tested if symptoms develop.
These locations of interest are highlighted on the Ministry’s website as linked to the Omicron positive case.
The case and one household contact are now isolating in a MIQ facility. The remaining close contacts are isolating at locations in Auckland and Taupō.
The worker is fully vaccinated, up to date with regular surveillance testing and has cooperated fully with health authorities in helping manage any risks.
All of the case’s seven household contacts identified have already been contacted, isolated and tested, and returned a negative result.
A further 48 close contacts are in the process of being contacted, asked to isolate and get tested. Fifteen of these contacts have already returned a negative test result, including five contacts in Taupō.
The below list can be viewed in two ways: Date of visit (locations added today have the word NEW beside them) or, if you switch the toggle to Date included, newly added locations appear at the top of the list.
If you were at a location of interest at one of the specified times, you may need to self-isolate and be tested. Follow the instructions for that location on the Ministry of Health website and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing.
This list is automatically updated as soon as locations of interest appear on the Ministry of Health website.