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Covid-19: Staff member at retirement home tests positive for Delta variant

A staff member at a retirement home north of Auckland has tested positive for the Delta variant of Covid-19.

The case was confirmed in an update sent to families of residents at CHT Amberlea, near Snells Beach.

The message was uploaded on the CHT Healthcare Trust website and read: “This staff member is a household contact of a confirmed Covid-19 case and went into precautionary self-isolation earlier this week.

“They will remain in self-isolation at their home and will undergo routine testing, only returning to work once Public Health has cleared them to do so.”

CHT said the company already had PPE and cleaning protocols in place appropriate to alert level 4.

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“We will be conducting surveillance testing for all staff and residents via a mobile testing unit,” the message read.

“Staff members who have been working closely with the positive staff member have gone into self-isolation and will only return to work once cleared by Public Health. We are working to ensure we have adequate staffing levels to continue to take care of all our residents.”

Residents who were close contacts of the staff member were being identified by Public Health and would go into precautionary isolation.

“Any residents who go into precautionary isolation will continue to receive the very best care and we will closely monitor their health to keep a watchful eye for symptoms.”

A staff member at a retirement home, CHS Amberlea has tested positive for Covid-19.

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A staff member at a retirement home, CHS Amberlea has tested positive for Covid-19.

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