A patient at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland has tested positive for Covid-19.
The person arrived at the emergency room Friday for a non-Covid-19 related problem and was assessed and hospitalized, the health ministry said in a statement.
They were asymptomatic and answered no to Covid screening questions at the time of arrival.
On Sunday, October 10, they had a cough and were tested. The result came back positive today.
The patient was immediately moved to an isolation ward.
As of this evening, the ministry says of an abundance of caution that 40 patients have been identified as contacts, of whom 15 are hospitalized, while the remaining 25 are being followed up by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
In addition, 34 employees have also been identified as contacts, and of these, 21 employees have been put down with test plans.
The ministry says exposure incidents at the hospital are not unexpected as there are a number of sub-clusters in the southern Auckland area where the hospital is located.
It stands to date that none of the exposure incidents at the hospital have resulted in transfer to other patients or staff.