Otorohanga College, in Waikato, says it’s being “proactively cautious” in temporarily closing its hostel after Covid-19 exposure within the school’s community.
In a Facebook post this morning, the school said a Covid-positive person who was on a flight from Wellington to Hamilton may have been in contact with those who attended a community meeting in Kāwhia.
The post said the case did not attend the hui.
“As a precaution, and in the interest of keeping safe, we are asking everyone who has had contact with anyone at the meeting to urgently get Covid tested and to isolate until you get a negative test,” the post says.
“As a precaution the hostel will be temporarily closed until we can ensure it is safe to reopen.
“If you have had contact with anyone from our coastal communities in the last 24 hours, please get tested and remain isolated.”
Yesterday there was one new community case of the virus confirmed in New Zealand.
The new case was a close contact of a staff member from the Jet Park Hotel who was confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 the day before.
Both are workers with the Defence Force, the Ministry of Health said. While the first case works at the quarantine facility, yesterday’s case is based at Defence House in Wellington, which has 1300 people working there.
They had a meeting together on Wednesday before yesterday’s case travelled back home from Auckland to Wellington.