Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: New Auckland sites linked to suspected Omicron cases

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Three other sites of interest in Auckland have been announced by the Department of Health – all linked to suspected cases of Omicron.

The Krispy Kreme on Ronwood Ave in Manukau, south Auckland, was visited by someone with Covid on Sunday afternoon (January 23).
Omicron’s suspected case went through the drive-thru.

10am update

Krispy Kreme Manukau (drive-thru): Sun 23 Jan, 2.30pm-2.45pm
Private event at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Eden Terrace: Sat. 22 Jan, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Gucci Auckland: Sun 23 Jan, 1.44pm-2pm

Another private event has also been identified – this time as the Mahatma Gandhi Center on New North Rd at Eden Terrace.

The event took place on Saturday, January 22, between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Krispy Kreme Manukau has been linked to a suspected case of Omicron.  Picture/Google
Krispy Kreme Manukau has been linked to a suspected case of Omicron. Picture/Google

While a major designer store – Gucci Auckland on Queen St in the city center – has also been linked to a suspected case of Omicron.

The infected person was there on Sunday, January 23, for about 15 minutes. The time in question was between 1:44 p.m. and 2 p.m.

The Gucci store in downtown Auckland on Queen Street was visited by a suspected case of Omicron.  Photo / Doug Sherring
The Gucci store in downtown Auckland on Queen Street was visited by a suspected case of Omicron. Photo / Doug Sherring

Those who were at the private event are urged to self-isolate immediately and get tested for Covid-19.

People there will also have to get tested again on the fifth day after being exposed.
“Further isolation and testing requirements will be provided by public health.”

People who have been through the Krispy Kreme drive-thru or were at the Gucci store are not being asked to self-isolate immediately – but to monitor their health for 10 days after being exposed.

If symptoms start to develop, get tested and stay home until a negative result comes back.

Earlier this morning, four new landmarks in Auckland were linked to suspected cases of Omicron.

One of them is the domestic terminal at Auckland Airport, which was visited by someone with Covid on Monday this week between 3 and 4 p.m.

9am update

Auckland Central Style Sunglasses: Queen St: Sun. January 23, 1:30 p.m.-1:40 p.m.
Auckland Airport Domestic Terminal: Mon. 24 Jan, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Unichem Bairds Pharmacy, Otara: Mon. 24 Jan, 9.45pm-11pm
ProHealth Pharmacy, Papatoetoe: Monday 24 January, 11:29-11:53 a.m.

The domestic terminal at Auckland Airport has been linked to a suspected case of Omicron.  Photo / Peter Meecham
The domestic terminal at Auckland Airport has been linked to a suspected case of Omicron. Photo / Peter Meecham

Although the Department of Health has labeled these four locations as being linked to “suspected cases of Omicron”, the official advice for anyone who was there at the same time is to monitor your health for 10 days after being exposed and to be tested if symptoms develop.

In addition to the four new places of interest, a pharmacy in Christchurch was also added to the ministry’s list of locations this morning.

Christchurch Pharmacy linked to Covid visit yesterday

He was logged into two exposure events this week – the last one visiting yesterday.

Ferry Road Pharmacy, Waltham, Christchurch: Mon. 24 Jan, 3.30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Ferry Road Pharmacy, Waltham, Christchurch: Thursday 27 January, 8:45-8:55 a.m.

Christchurch Pharmacy is not linked to a suspected case of Omicron at this stage.

People who were in the pharmacy during these exposure times are asked to monitor their health for 10 days after being exposed.

Five national airports across the country are now on the Health Ministry’s list of locations.

Auckland Airport is now one of five domestic terminals in the country through which people infected with Covid – including cases of Omicron – have passed.

The others are Nelson, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown airports.

Last night’s update

Auckland Domestic Airport: Sat 22 Jan, 4.45pm-5.15pm
Westfield Albany Restoration: 219 Don McKinnon Drive, Albany: Thursday, January 20, 11am-8pm
Westfield Albany Restoration: Wed. 19 Jan, 11am-6pm
Wainui Marae Kaeo: 66A Wainui Valley Rd: Friday January 21, 11am-3pm Sunday January 23.
SkyCity Hamilton Bowl and Social: 340 Victoria St, Hamilton Central: Saturday January 22, 7:40-9:30 p.m.
Christchurch Airport: Mon. 24 Jan, 5 p.m.-5.30 p.m.

Locations added last night also include two exhibition events at the Westfield Albany mall food court, a visit to a marae in the Far North district and a casino and bowling complex in Hamilton.

The Westfield Albany food court is affected on two days last week – Wednesday and Thursday January 19 and 20, respectively.

On Wednesday, a person with Covid was there between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The next day, another exposure event occurred between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The Wainui Marae in Kāeo, in the Far North, has been identified as a high-risk place of interest after at least one person with Covid was there from last Friday morning to Sunday afternoon this same weekend.

The relevant time is between 11 a.m. on Friday, January 21 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 23.

Anyone who was there during this time is identified as a close contact and should self-isolate immediately. Those affected must also take a Covid test and then again on the fifth day after being exposed.

“If symptoms develop, get tested and stay home until you test negative.”

Bowl and Social SkyCity Hamilton also join the list of locations; after a person with the virus visited there on Saturday, January 22, between 7:40 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Members of the public who were there at the same time are asked to monitor their health for 10 days after their visit and if symptoms start to appear, get tested.

Other places of interest are expected to be posted throughout the day.

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