Saturday, November 27

North Shore Hospital Patient Tests Positive for Covid-19, Emergency Department Closes


North Shore Hospital’s emergency department and short-stay surgical unit were closed after a patient treated there previously tested positive for Covid-19.

North Shore Hospital.

North Shore Hospital.
Photo: rafaelbenari / 123RF

The patient, a young man, is being treated at Waitakare Hospital.

He had previously been admitted to North Shore Hospital for an unrelated condition prior to the current closure.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Ayesha Verall, said Morning report the hospital was acting preventively on the possibility that the young man could have been contagious at the North Shore hospital prior to his transfer. That wouldn’t be clear until he could be interviewed, he said.

North Shore Hospital is diverting new patients to other locations.

There are now 22 confirmed community cases in Auckland.

Verall said contact tracing details will be released later today.

More to come …

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