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Two siblings of the latest Covid-19 case are positive

Two siblings of the latest Covid-19 case from Papatoetoe High School were also tested positive.

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Earlier today, the Ministry of Health said teenagers were considered a casual plus contact in community cases. Test positive..

Students at Papatoe Toe High School were not back in school today, said Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.

The new case is a teenager and a toddler who are siblings of today’s case. The ministry said in a statement that parents and a third older sibling had so far returned negative tests.

The family was moved to a quarantine facility in Auckland.

The teenage brother recently graduated from school and works for Kmart Botany. They worked from 4 pm to 10 pm on Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th.

The ministry said it is now a place of interest and anyone who was there at the time would be considered a casual plus contact.

For Casual Plus contacts, we recommend that you immediately quarantine at home and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice on quarantine timeframes and test requirements.

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Kmart’s 31 staff have already been identified as close contacts, quarantined and provided with public health advice.

The ministry said further investigations were being conducted on the areas of interest in today’s case. Infants are not raising children outside the home.

A test center was set up at the school this afternoon and 672 tests were conducted today.

For those who couldn’t receive it today, the test will be available again at school tomorrow.

The ministry advises that all households at Papatoe Toe High School stay away from work and other schools, educational facilities and communities (such as supermarkets and places outside the home).

The school remains closed and students and staff cannot return without the advice of a health care officer.

At this point, household members who are neither students nor staff do not need to be retested unless they have symptoms or are asked to do so.

According to the ministry, up-to-date information on contact tracing and genomic sequencing of cases reported earlier today will be available tomorrow.

Two siblings of the latest Covid-19 case are positive

SourceTwo siblings of the latest Covid-19 case are positive

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