Taranaki Base Hospital listed as a Covid-19 exposure event


It remains unclear whether hospital staff will be stood down, after the Ministry of Health identified the Emergency Department as an exposure event.

Taranaki Base Hospital

Taranaki Base Hospital Photo: Google Maps

In its daily Covid-19 statement, the Ministry of Health says the Taranaki DHB is working with those who may be affected by the exposure event.

The Ministry said no staff have been stood down as of yet.

Anyone who was present at the Emergency Department between Saturday 1 January at 6.30pm and midnight on Sunday 2 January is considered a casual contact.

The Ministry of Health advises casual contacts to self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after they were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you receive a negative test result.

Public health staff are continuing to investigate to determine whether the event is linked to any previously reported cases in the region.

Two cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Taranaki community today, both cases are household contacts.

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