New community case in Auckland, a Papatoetoe High School student

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There is a new community case of COVID-19 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The new case is a student at Papatoetoe High School, according to a post on the school’s Facebook page.

“This student has not been at school this week,” the post said.

A pop-up testing station was set up at Papatoetoe High School following the announcement of cases linked to the school last week.
A pop-up testing station was set up at Papatoetoe High School following the announcement of cases linked to the school last week. (ABIGAIL DOUGHERTY/STUFF)

“More information will be emailed this afternoon around additional testing of households.”

The Ministry of Health said it was notified of the case this morning (local time).

“The individual is a casual plus contact who had been advised to self-isolate and get tested,” it said in a statement.

“We are working actively with Auckland Regional Public Health staff on next steps and will release further information at a 1pm media conference at Parliament.”

The school re-opened on Monday after being closed for deep cleaning and tests of all students and staff.

About 30 students who were in a class with the case announced on Sunday were deemed close contacts, while the rest of the students at the school were deemed casual plus contacts.

Teachers stationed at the school gates were checking students’ names against the roll to make sure none of those 41 attended class.

This morning, school principal Vaughan Couillault said he was not willing to comment on the new case until after the 1pm press conference.

The Auckland District Health Board also would not comment ahead of 1pm.

This story originally appeared on stuff.co.nz and has been republished with permission.