April 07, 2020
Hunt for test shows system flaw
The father of a Marist College student says those running testing stations need to have the right attitude if the search for COVID-19 victims is to work.
Geoff Muilaga-Brown is in recovery after contracting the coronavirus at a fiafia night at the school on March 14.
A few days later he tried to get tested at St Lukes because he was showing symptoms, but was turned away twice because he has not travelled overseas recently.
He eventually was tested at Mangere.
“They were inviting. They tested me. When I finished the test I sat in the car, I had a fever at the time. They said just take your time and I hoped to get better but it’s different. People care. I’m not saying they don’t care in Mount Albert or what they were doing in St Lukes, but it was almost as if the lady was: ‘you don’t meet this criteria, we don’t want to see you,’” he says.
Geoff Muilaga-Brown was admitted to Auckland the day after the test when his conditioned worsened and he developed a dry cough, pain in the back and sides and struggled to breathe.
There are now more than 70 cases connected to the Marist cluster.
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