Covid-19: Auckland pub owner concerned as patrons ‘close contacts’ of new coronavirus case

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Pub patrons have been asked to self-isolate and get tested as authorities investigate a Covid-19 case on Auckland’s North Shore.

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The owner of The Malt pub in Greenhithe told Stuff he and his staff had only found out about the coronavirus case on Wednesday night.

“The fact it is back in the community is not good,” Malcolm McVicar​ said on Wednesday night.

Patrons of Greenhithe's The Malt have been asked to self-isolate and get tested after a person with Covid-19 visited on October 16.

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Patrons of Greenhithe’s The Malt have been asked to self-isolate and get tested after a person with Covid-19 visited on October 16.

A person now confirmed to have been infectious with coronavirus was at The Malt in Greenhithe from 7.30 pm until 10 pm on Friday, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) said.

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A few close contacts in the pub had been identified and ARPHS was contacting them.

Staff will also be asked to get tested.

“If people at the pub that night get sick however, even after a negative test result, they should self-isolate again, and get tested again,” ARPHS added.

Household members of pub patrons from that night should get tested and stay home if the person who was at the pub becomes sick or develops any symptoms.

The health service said people who scanned in to The Malt using the NZ COVID Tracer​ app on Friday evening should receive a notification.

The person who went to The Malt and who got sick with Covid-19 is one of the 25 new cases the Ministry of Health announced earlier on Wednesday.

Two colleagues of an Auckland port worker with Covid-19 were among those new cases.

ARPHS said patrons and staff from the Greenhithe pub should look out for symptoms such as a new or worsening cough, sore throat, runny nose, loss of sense or smell, or fever.

A pop-up community centre will be in Greenhithe on Thursday at a location to be confirmed on the ARPHS website.

Meanwhile, ARPHS said urgent care clinics would be open on Wednesday night and offer testing.

Urgent Care Clinics

Shorecare Urgent Care, Smales Farm: 74 Taharoto Road, Takapuna, open 24 hours.

Shorecare Northcross: 948 East Coast Road, Northcross. Monday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm.

East Care: 260 Botany Road, Golflands, open 24 hours.

Takanini Urgent Care: 106 Great South Road, Takanini. Monday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm.

Counties Urgent Care, Papakura: 6-18 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura Monday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm.

Urgent Care Franklin: 149 Manukau Road, Pukekohe Monday to Sunday, 8am to 8pm.

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