November 12, 2020
Tamaki gets COVID jitters
A member of the Māori COVID response group Te Rōpu Whakakaupapa Urutā says it’s time to put the masks back on.
Health authorities are scrambling to identify where an Auckland University of Technology student has contracted the virus, and whether she has passed it on in the High St shop she worked at, her apartment complex or the cafes she visited this week.
Testing stations have popped up in the Auckland central business district where she lived and worked, and Dr Rawiri Jansen says general practice clinics in the area have also gone on alert to take samples safely.
He says it’s a reminder Alert Level One still means people should be alert and take precautions.
“We should be carrying on wearing masks every time we go out of the house, all the time. It’s just good practice because we don’t know – we don’t know where somebody else has been. We don’t know other people in our apartment building or in our meetings or in our daily life. We don’t know and we can’t know. All we can be grateful for is this young person had symptoms and got checked, so that’s a tick,” Dr Jansen says.
Dr Rawiri Jansen says wash your hands, keep social distance, and stay home if you feel sick.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says it defies common sense the woman’s manager at A (to) Z Collections in High St told the woman to come in to work after she had been tested but before the result was known.
People who work in downtown Auckland are being asked to work from home today if possible.
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