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Auckland bus driver, Māori health unit worker positive for Covid-19

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A Ritchies bus driver has tested positive for coronavirus, the company’s director has confirmed.

A staff member at a Māori public health unit in West Auckland has also tested positive for the virus.

Ritchies director Andrew Ritchie said other drivers had been tested and “are fine”.

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said the bus driver is a driver for the Northern Express and has been linked to the current cluster.

Bloomfield said there had been no close contacts identified from buses on the dates of September 3 and 4.

The driver was not symptomatic while at work and wore a mask and gloves, he said.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service said the driver was working between 5.30am and 1pm on September 3 and 4pm and 6.15pm on September 4.

“Passengers did not interact with the driver and used the rear door to board and exit the bus,” ARPHS said.

“They were seated two metres away from the driver as the front seats were blocked off because of social distancing measures. There were no cash transactions and passengers used AT HOP cards.”

ARPHS said drivers who drove the bus after the driver who tested positive have been asked to be tested and CCTV footage of the bus depot is being reviewed to determine if any other staff members are close contacts.

“The case is linked to the current existing Auckland cluster and the bus driver did not contract Covid-19 while working.

“Anyone who travelled on the bus with the driver at these times is a casual contact, at low risk of developing the virus. They do not have to self-isolate, but they should get tested if they develop symptoms of Covid-19.”

The positive case highlighted the importance of public transport passengers using QR codes and AT HOP cards, ARPHS said.

A total of 319 passengers travelled on the services across the two days between Albany and Auckland city.

Māori health unit Hāpai Te Hauora, based in Henderson, confirmed an employee had tested positive for the virus.

It said Auckland Regional Public Health Service had identified the employee’s close contacts.

“These people have already been contacted and advised to get tested and to self-isolate for a full 14 days.”

Hāpai Te Hauora said the employee and their household members have acted to protect the community by getting tested and self-isolating.

“The risk to other Hāpai Te Hauora staff not identified as close contacts, and those employees who work for other organisations in the same building is considered very low.”

The spokesperson said Hāpai Te Hauora is a non-clinical, non-client facing public health service.

It delivers policy, advocacy, research and leadership services across the country.

ARPHS said the risk to other Hāpai Te Hauora staff not identified as close contacts, and those employees who work for other organisations in the same building, is considered very low.

“However, as there are currently cases of Covid-19 in the community, it remains important to be vigilant for the signs of the virus.”

The news comes after a student of St Dominic’s Catholic College, also in Henderson, tested positive for the virus.

The Hāpai Te Hauora website said it has held the regional Māori public health contract for Tāmaki Makaurau for 20 years.

Cindy said we were 102 days free of the virus. I saw her say it on TV. If they had been protecting the border like they should have,( and like they told us they were) none of this shit would have happened. Instead she was doing a victory dance and telling the world how good she was.

Oh how the mighty fall when they take the high moral ground.

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  1. Don’t say it’s so… Cindy cannot be to blame but where else would the virus have materialized from! // There is no ‘portal’ for the virus to pop through from a different country so it must have crossed the NZ border.

    She can’t claim the kudos and bouquet for “102 days of covid free” and still brush off the brick bats when things go wrong, but she does and people allow her to pull the wool over their sheeple eyes. Dumb arses.

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  2. The worst, and most pathetic excuse for a
    Prime Minister in NZ’s history.
    Thanks Winston, you filthy arsehole.

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  3. A quiet night it seems. To break the monotony I suggest we each rank the most useless, fuckless imbeciles who have held the office of Prime Minister over the past 70 years. My picks (starting from worst):

    1) Jacinda Ardern

    2) Jim Bolger

    3) Geoffrey Palmer

    4) Jenny Shipley

    5) Bill Rowling

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    • Well I’m with you Nasska on Covid Cindy being number 1).

      The problem is that even though she is clearly the worst PM that we’ve ever had by a very long measure. Unfortunately, in a different way – so is Jim Bolger!

      Hear me out. There could not have been a Covid Cindy if Bolger did his job to protect our democracy. We had a functioning electoral system that (by and large) reflected the will of the people. Bolger brought in MMP. He started the process of downgrading NZ into a banana republic. FPP was the best possible bulwark we could have against totalitarianism and rule by the indigent.

      Sure Covid Cindy is destroying the fabric of our nation. But it’s only possible because of Bolger.

      And then when you slap on top of this great betrayal, that Bolger’s government passed the RMA – he’s a bolter to be the worst PM by far (equal with Covid Cindy).

      And what was Shipley’s problem to be rated so poorly? She merely inherited Bolger’s disgusting stinking mess – no one could have saved National from political oblivion after the appalling constitutional fuck up’s Bolger created. He had to be got rid of, he had betrayed the party, betrayed the nation and left National with a cancerous partnership with Winston Peters – after he had betrayed the will of the people in 1996 by installing a deeply disliked party that came in second behind the Lab/Alliance grouping when everyone expected him to go the other way. The nation was pissed at National for taking the helm when the result clearly indicated otherwise. Shipley will always be a favourite for me for shafting Helen Clark and preventing that monster from the accolade of being NZ’s first vagina-bearing PM.

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      • D P, hang on DP to be fair you’ve forgotten Bolger was fluent in 9 different accents of the English language ,an incredibly impressive Man, a born bleader of the taxpayer.

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    • nasska,
      (1) Ardern, without doubts ,
      (2) Palmer,
      (3)Bolger,
      (4)Rowling,
      (5) most of the other fricking idiots including Shipley.

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  4. Spud is up at the top of the list definitely number 2 and perhaps a number 1.5 as without his crazy socialist ideas we would not be in the position we now are. MMP would never be part of our lives, Bill English would be PM and Steven Joyce would be minister of finance. It has to be a better option than the one we have now.

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