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About 40 supermarkets are added to the Ministry of Health’s list of places of interest.
Chief Health Officer Dr Ashley Bloomfield revealed in today’s 1 p.m. update that they would add “around 40 supermarkets” to the “out of caution” list.
The supermarket events were deemed low risk, he said, due to the use of social distancing and plastic shields for checkout staff.
“Out of prudence and after some internal discussions, we have decided to add a number of supermarkets as new areas of interest.
“About 40 supermarkets in Auckland will be added to the website today.
“These are places visited by people who were subsequently identified as a case,” Bloomfield said.
A risk assessment had been carried out on each of them, but due to the physical distance, the plastic screens and the use of PPE, the events were “rated low risk”.
“People should be careful and if anyone has been in any of them, even if it was awhile ago, the advice is to be careful and watch for symptoms if you were there. ‘time and place on the website, so no need to go for a test, just for awareness. “
The Ministry of Health has so far released the names of 14 supermarkets that distribute advice on self-monitoring.
They are Countdown Mangere East, Countdown Mt Roskill, Countdown Papatoetoe
Countdown Ponsonby, Countdown Three Kings, Countdown Warkworth, Farro Fresh Gray Lynn, New World Papatoetoe, New World Southmall Manurewa, Pacific Fresh Manurewa, Pak’nSave Mangere, Pak’nSave Clendon, Pak’nSave Sylvia Park and Pak’nSave Westgate.
The new notifications advise store visitors at specific times and dates to self-monitor for 14 days and get tested if symptoms develop.
The full list of locations and times is included at the bottom of this story. All store visitors should consult the health advice on the Department of Health website, as some supermarkets are separate exhibition event sites that require testing.
Warkworth’s number one place of interest is on the supermarket list.
Buyers who visited the Countdown on August 26 between 6:33 p.m. and 7:17 p.m. may have been exposed to Covid-19 and should monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after being exposed to that place of interest.
The latest updates bring the total number of Places of Interest to 280 with 367 events.
Earlier this afternoon, a new laundromat was added.
The ministry is asking anyone who visited Crystal Laundromat in Manurewa on Tuesday, August 24 between 11:45 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure.
Those added earlier today include the Riverside Dairy at 104 Point England Rd which was linked to a positive case on Monday, August 23, for 10 minutes that evening.
The affected time is 6:24 p.m. to 6:34 p.m. and anyone who was in the dairy at the time should stay home and get tested for the virus immediately.
One or more positive cases also visited the Supa Value supermarket on Line Rd in Glen Innes on Wednesday, August 25 between 8:21 am and 9:30 am.
The Fresh & Save store at 283 Apirana Ave was visited by a Covid-positive case between 9:06 a.m. and 9:16 a.m. on Friday, August 27.
Although the visit lasts only 10 minutes, anyone who was at the store during this time is considered close contact and should stay home immediately and take a Covid test.
The number of places of interest published by the authorities has started to decline in recent days.
However, other locations are expected to be vacated by the authorities in the coming days.