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25.2.2021

Auckland February COVID-19 Outbreak

The advice below is for:

  • People who may have shopped at Kmart Botany or Dark Vapes East Tāmaki at the same time as a person with COVID-19.
  • People who live with an employee of Kmart Botany or Dark Vapes East Tā
  • People who live with someone who shopped at Kmart Botany or Dark Vapes East Tāmaki at the same time as a person with COVID-19.
  • People who live with a Papatoetoe High School student or staff member.

 

What are the times and places in question?

If you were shopping at the following locations on the days/times below then you are considered a Close Contact.

Kmart Botany 

500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Auckland 

20 Feb

3.30PM - 10.30 PM

Dark Vapes East Tamaki

30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Auckland 

20 Feb

7.00pm- 8.30PM

Dark Vapes East Tamaki

30 Springs Road, East Tamaki, Auckland 

19 Feb

2.30PM - 4.00 PM

Kmart Botany 

500 Ti Rakau Drive, Northpark, Auckland 

19 Feb

3.30PM - 10.30 PM

You need to do the following:

  1. Self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day you were exposed to the virus – i.e. until the end of Saturday 6 March (for those exposed on the 19th) or the end of Sunday 7 March for those exposed on the 20th).

  2. Get two COVID-19 tests:

    1. If you were exposed on Friday 19 February, you need to get tested today, 24 February, and again on March 3.
    2. If you were exposed on Saturday 20 February, you will need to get a test tomorrow, 25 February and again on March 4.

  3. Call Healthline – 0800 358 5453 (free, 24/7 service with interpreters available)

Public Health will call you daily to check on your health and wellbeing and to see if you are developing symptoms. You must complete your full self-isolation period – even if you return negative test results.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I live with someone who was working at Kmart Botany or Dark Vapes East Tāmaki at the times above. What do I need to do?

  • If you live with someone who worked at Kmart Botany or Dark Vapes at the times above, you need to self-isolate at home (and separately from that person as much as possible) until they return a negative result from their Day Five test. You are then free to return to normal daily life, unless…

  • The person you live with develops symptoms. If this happens, you need to stay at home until that persons returns a second negative test.

  • If YOU develop symptoms, you need to get tested and stay at home until you return a negative test result.

NB: People who worked at Kmart Botany or Dark Vapes East Tāmaki at the times in question are considered Close Plus Contacts. Public Health will be calling them daily to check on their health and wellbeing.

 

I live with someone who was shopping at Kmart Botany or Dark Vapes East Tāmaki at the times above. What do I need to do?

If you live with someone who had shopped at Kmart Botany or Dark Vapes at the times above, you do not need to get tested or self-isolate. You can continue daily life as normal unless the Close Contact you live with develops symptoms, or you develop symptoms. If this happens, you must immediately self-isolate and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice on getting tested. Tell them that you are a household member of a Close Contact.


I live with someone who works or studies at Papatoetoe High School. What do I need to do?

Everyone in a Papatoetoe High School household needs to remain at home until the student/s or staff member they live with has had a negative result from a test taken this week (on or after Monday 22 February).

This means that everyone in a Papatoetoe school household must stay away from work or any other school, educational facility or community setting (e.g. the supermarket or any other place outside the home), until all the students or staff members in their household have had a negative test result.

Household members who are not students or staff do not need to be retested, unless they have symptoms.

Students and staff will need to have a negative test result from a test taken on or after Monday 22 February before they can attend school. There will be further information on when the school will reopen.

There will be testing at the school this week, or students and staff can visit a community testing centre. For information on testing locations in Auckland, visit www.arphs.health.nz/covid19test.

Any students, staff and household members with any symptoms should call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 immediately for advice, and stay at home, even if they have had a negative test result.

 

What general advice should I follow?

Stay vigilant for the signs of COVID-19. These can include one or more of the following:

Fever

Sore throat

Temporary loss of taste/smell

Difficulty breathing

Runny nose

New or worsening cough

If you experience any of these symptoms, self-isolate at home immediately and call Healthline (0800 358 5453) for advice on when to get tested.

Where can I get tested and find more information?

For the list of testing locations, and a centre close to you, visit www.arphs.health.nz/covid19test

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