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Covid-19 cases at Petone Central School, St Patrick’s Silverstream, Martinborough School

There is a confirmed positive case of Covid-19 in the Petone Central School community and the St Patrick’s Silverstream school community. Meanwhile, the wider region recorded 11 new cases on Friday.

Petone Central School shut on Friday, and asked parents to keep their children at home, so teachers could prepare for online learning. The positive case was at the school on Tuesday, February 8.

St Patrick’s Silverstream was not shut down, but had sent about 100 students and seven staff home on Friday, after they were identified as close contacts, rector Steve Bryan, said. The positive case – a year 12 student had not been at school since Tuesday, February 8, he said.

Some students St Patrick's College, Silverstream were sent home today after a student tested positive for Covid-19.

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Some students St Patrick’s College, Silverstream were sent home today after a student tested positive for Covid-19.

The student’s parents had worked with the school to provide an “exhaustive list” of close contacts and where their son had been, Bryan said.

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Most of the affected students were in Year 12, he said, and they would move to online learning while they complete 10 days in self-isolation.

It meant some classes would need “double delivery” – with some students needing to be taught in person at school, with other online, so teachers would have a higher workload.

Following Ministry of Health advice, Petone Central School will move to online learning for at least 10 days from Monday, February 14 to allow close contacts to self-isolate and get tested. The parents and caregivers of students in Petone who were close contacts were contacted on Thursday night, and given instructions.

Martinborough School in the Wairarapa has closed after “one or more positive cases of Covid-19” were detected in the school, South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen said.

Petone Central has a positive Covid-19 case, and two flights have been added as Wellington locations of interest.

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Petone Central has a positive Covid-19 case, and two flights have been added as Wellington locations of interest.

“The school will be closed for a week plus and students will be distance learning during this time.”

The ministries of health and education were working with the school and more information would be released soon.

The schools have asked everyone in their community to watch for symptoms, get tested and self-isolate if symptoms appear.

Regional Public Health said it did not confirm cases at specific locations for privacy reasons, unless there were compelling public health reasons to do so, or the school has publicly stated it was linked to a case.

Dr Annette Nesdale, Medical Officer of Health for Regional Public Health, says a number of confirmed Covid-19 cases are linked to Wellington and Hutt Valley schools.

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Dr Annette Nesdale, Medical Officer of Health for Regional Public Health, says a number of confirmed Covid-19 cases are linked to Wellington and Hutt Valley schools.

“If we cannot contact all people who were at an exposure event, then it may be published as a location of interest,” Medical Officer of Health Dr Annette Nesdale said.

“There are a number of confirmed cases associated with schools in the Wellington and Hutt Valley regions. Regional Public Health is working closely with the staff and parents at these schools to identify and contact any close contacts of these cases and providing advice on what actions to take.”

There were no confirmed Covid-19 cases in Paraparaumu as of 1pm on Friday, “and, as far as we are aware, no related school closures”, Capital & Coast District Health Board media spokesperson, Chas Te Runa, said.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health announced seven new cases in the Hutt Valley, bringing the total active cases in the area to 48, and four new cases in the Capital & Coast area, bringing the total active cases in the area to 149.

Two Jetstar flights between Wellington and Auckland have been named close contact locations of interest.

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Two Jetstar flights between Wellington and Auckland have been named close contact locations of interest.

Two flights have also been added to the Wellington’s locations of interest. They are flight JQ259, which flew from Auckland to Wellington on the morning of Friday, February 4; and flight JQ256, which flew from Wellington to Auckland early afternoon on Sunday, February 6.

People who were sitting close to the Covid-19 positive cases on these flights are being told to self-isolate and test immediately.

In the Wairarapa, Cafe Medici in Martinborough was also named a close contact location of interest. Customers who were there on February 6 between 10am and 11am should self-isolate immediately and get tested, the Ministry of Health advised.

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