Tuesday March 17, 2020
This is to notify you that there is has been confirmation to the Ministry of Health of three new COVID-19 cases over the 24 hours through to midday 17 March 2020.
Cases #9 and #10: Both cases are family members recently returned from the USA. They were made aware that someone on their flight was a confirmed case in Brisbane, Australia. They subsequently phoned ahead to Wellington ED on Sunday and were confirmed on Monday. They are now self-isolating at home in Wellington. Contact tracing for the flights and other close contacts is currently underway, being managed by the local public health unit.
Case number #11: This individual recently returned from Germany. They became unwell on Friday 13 March and were tested Tuesday 17 March by a GP in Dunedin, after phoning ahead. The test was confirmed on the same day, Tuesday 17 March. The individual has been self-isolating since becoming unwell on Friday. Two close contacts, family members, have also developed symptoms and are self-isolating. Further contact tracing is currently underway by the local public health unit.
This is an information/advisory only. No action is required other than to distribute as described. __________________________________________________________________