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Covid cases visited Taupō tourism operators

25 Sep 2020  By Staff Reporter | | @tourismticker

DeBretts Spa Resort, Taupō. Image: Marcus Beirowski

Three family members who have tested positive for Covid-19 visited Taupō attractions over the weekend.

The trio travelled to Taupō between 18 and 20 September and visited hot pools at DeBretts Spa Resort as well as Taupō Tandem Skydiving based at Taupō Airport.

They had since been put in managed isolation in Auckland, said the Ministry of Health today.

A Taupō Tandem Skydiving employee had also been tested and was self-isolating.

“The family travelled to Taupō between 18 and 20 September, where they met up with 18 others from 5 locations around New Zealand,” the MOH said yesterday.

“Those 18 people, who travelled from Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton are all considered close contacts.

“In addition to those 18 people, another 13 people have been identified as close contacts. All 31 contacts have been or are in the process of being tested and all are isolating.”

Places and times of visits by the three family members assessed as requiring public notice at this stage were:

  • Christchurch domestic airport, 11 September, 10.30–12.30 pm
  • Hot pools at DeBretts Spa Resort, Taupō 18 Sept, 2.30–7.00 pm
  • Taupō Tandem Skydiving based at Taupō Airport, 19 Sept, 2.00–3.30 pm
  • Just Cuts, Westfield, St Lukes, Thursday 17 September, 4.00–5.00 pm.

The three community cases from the same family were reported on Wednesday by the MOH.

Two of the three had been in managed isolation in Christchurch for two weeks before flying home to Auckland on a chartered flight on 11 September. The third person was a household contact in Auckland.

The two who flew from Christchurch were tested because they were known flight contacts of a man who had also left managed isolation in Christchurch to fly home to Auckland. That man twice returned negative tests for Covid-19 during isolation before testing positive in Auckland.

The MOH said there were 86 people on the chartered flight, 70 of whom had returned negative results, 6 were previously reported positive cases who did not require further testing,  3 were recently reported positive cases, and 7 were pending.

As part of its continuing investigation, further interviews had taken place with the three new Covid cases, said the ministry.

The National Contact Tracing team was working to identify other locations of interest and expected to be able to issue exposure notices through the Covid Tracer App.


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