Thursday, December 9

Auckland’s Top-Rated Education Providers and Businesses Struggle to Do Their Part

As Covid-19 cases increase, so does the number of places where Auckland residents may have been exposed. There are currently more than 15,000 contacts and more than 400 locations of interest.

A queue for testing at the Northcote Covid-19 test site.

A queue for Covid-19 testing in Auckland.
Photo: RNZ / Marika Khabazi

The growing list includes nearly 30 supermarkets, nine high schools, four churches, and two universities.

Crave Cafe on Morningside is a popular weekend brunch spot, but now anyone who was there Sunday morning, August 15, is being told to isolate and get tested, having been potentially exposed to the virus. .

The cafe’s managing director, Nigel Cottle, said there were about 15 employees and 200 customers at the time.

“I’m not worried about it in the sense that it was nine days ago and from what I’m reading and hearing, it seems like Delta comes out way before the other forms of Covid, so I think if we were going to see something happen with their visit us on Sunday 15, we would have already seen it, “he said.

This is the second time that Crave has become a landmark; it was also affected by the outbreak in August last year.

Cottle wasn’t sure how many people scanned with the Covid Tracer app, but said that when the business was allowed to reopen, things would change.

“When we get out of level 4 and level 3, I think we will be mandated to make sure that everyone has signed up or that we have collected their data, so we will change our processes to ensure that everyone enters we see them logging in digitally or we collect your data manually “.

Green Bay High School was the ninth high school to confirm a positive case. Principal Fiona Barker said the student with Covid-19 was in school for six days while potentially infectious.

She said all 1,600 students at the school and 130 staff members were close contacts.

“Everyone is lining up to get tested and we are working very closely with the ministry on how to follow up very quickly and work on the next steps,” Barker said.

“Everyone is concerned at the moment. I think it is a concern in the communities, no doubt, but I suppose we are doing the right thing, so we will follow that good advice from the Ministry of Health and continue to do what is necessary.”

Fifty-eight of the 148 Covid-19 cases are connected to the Assembly of God church in Māngere, making it the largest subset of the outbreak.

Spokesman Jerome Mika said his church was working with authorities and healthcare providers to make sure everyone affected was tested.

“We are concerned in terms of the severity and we are also trying to cooperate fully with the Ministry of Health and for us it is also to make sure we do the best for the best interests of Aotearoa,” he said.

The last church to be affected by the outbreak, Saint Teresa Catholic Church in Māngere East, said it was reaching out to parishioners to provide support, including food.

Auckland University of Technology said it now had nine confirmed cases.

Several new locations on the university’s central city campus have been added to the list of locations of interest, and the university said it was working with health authorities to identify locations of interest and close contacts.

The University of Auckland said that the pop-up test stations for Whitaker Block and Waipārūrū Hall were there on Saturday and Sunday and are now gone.

“I understand that all students were screened and to the best of our knowledge (we have not been informed by students or ARPHS) there was no positive test. Otherwise, we continue to work to keep students safe in these hallways,” said a spokesperson.

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Two Pak’nSave stores, in Royal Oak and Sylvia Park, have also received positive cases.

Foodstuffs New Zealand’s director of corporate affairs, Antoinette Laird, said 651 staff members were isolated throughout the business and in 11 New World and Pak’nSave stores.

“That means sometimes about a third of the store’s equipment, or more, is isolating itself. This puts pressure on our teams, but the broader Foodies group has recovered, the owner-operators have retired, we’ve been accepting people and training them quickly, “he said.

“We are proud that all our store doors are still open so we can continue to provide New Zealanders with their basic food and groceries in a safe shopping environment. Individual stores are cleaned around the clock and we follow the advice of the Ministry. of Health on their recommended cleaning protocols of Covid-19 “.

Chief Health Officer Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said the rapid spread showed that Delta was highly infectious and communicable and that it was important for people to adhere to closure rules.

“Again, I encourage people to continually check the ministry’s website. Obviously, there is the map functionality and the ability to search to identify places of interest that may be relevant to you,” he said.

Bloomfield said nearly 900 people worked as contact trackers across the country.

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