Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: Airline passengers seated in specific rows are asked to self-isolate

February 1, 2022 Deputy Prime Minister Grant Roberson says the government has ordered enough new rapid antigen testing kits (RATS) to steer the country through an impending Omicron outbreak.

A flight from Auckland to Gisborne is the latest location associated with a Covid-19 case.

Anyone who traveled to Gisborne on flight NZ8173 Auckland between 7:25 PM and 8:30 PM last Thursday may have come into contact with an infected person.

However, the Department of Health only asks people who sat in rows 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 to self-isolate and get tested.

Advice for people on three flights has also been updated by health officials.

Auckland Airport's domestic terminal was visited by a person with Covid-19 on Sunday, January 23.  Photo / Peter Meecham
Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal was visited by a person with Covid-19 on Sunday, January 23. Photo / Peter Meecham

Flight NZ5039 Auckland to New Plymouth last Tuesday was identified as an interesting location two days ago, but travelers sitting in rows 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 are now considered close contacts.

The same goes for people traveling to Auckland on flight NZ5008 Napier that same day and sitting in rows 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11. As well as passengers in rows 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 on flight NZ8238 Wellington to Rotorua last Thursday.

Anyone who was in the identified rows on these specific flights should self-isolate and get tested as they may be contaminated.

Stanley Avenue Wine Bar & Bistro in Milford was added to the list of locations of interest earlier today, but an exposure site time has been updated.

There was a positive Covid case or cases at the Milford site last Thursday between 4.30pm and 11.15pm and on Friday from 4.30pm to 12.30pm on Saturday.

Anyone at this location during these specified times should self-isolate and test immediately.

Meanwhile, a gas station, art gallery and mini-putt in Hamilton are among the latest points of interest to be added by the Department of Health this afternoon.

Recently released sites are:

Z Hawera: Wed 16 Jan, 12.45-13.00

Godzilla Clothing, Nelson: Tue 25 Jan, 11.07 am-11.30 am

Sweet as cafe, Nelson: Tue 25 Jan, 1.26 pm – 1.45 pm

Milton Street Twig and Fern, Nelson: Mon 24 Jan, 6.43 pm – 7.40 pm

The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson: Tue 25 Jan, 2:26 pm – 2:50 pm

Lilliput Fun Zone Hamilton: Mon 24 Jan 17.15-18.15 hrs

Napier Intercity Bus Station: Fri 28 Jan, 13h-13h50

The health advice for all these seven new events was the same: self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after possible exposure. If symptoms develop, get tested and stay home until you get a negative result.

Earlier, an Air New Zealand flight, a bus station and supermarkets were added to the list.

Passengers of NZ8193 who traveled between Wellington and Timaru between 9am and 10:30am last week are close contacts with a positive Covid-19 case.

The health advice is to isolate yourself, get tested immediately and then again on day 5 after possible exposure.

The other 1:00 PM update sites were:

The Gisborne Intercity Bus Station: Fri 28 Jan, 9.15 am – 9.45 am

Connor, Westfield Manukau: Fri 28 Jan, 1:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Timaru Airport: Fri 28 Jan, 10.30-10.45 am

Pak’nSave Hawera: Wed 26 Jan, 14.11-14.41 hrs

New World Kerikeri: Sat 29 Jan, 12.58 pm – 1.15 pm

The health advice for all of these new events was the same: self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after exposure. If symptoms develop, get tested and stay home until you get a negative result.

The Department of Health has not linked any of the latest sites of interest to Omicron cases, according to information on its website.

Previously, The Nelson Provincial Museum, Countdown Hamilton and Doughboys at Sylvia Park Markets in Mt Wellington were added to the list.

The health authorities had also updated previously released POIs and the public has been urged to regularly check the Ministry of Health’s POI webpage.

Meanwhile, a gym in Mt Eden and a Whangārei supermarket joined a North Shore wine bar and bistro as today’s newest risky venues.

Anyone who attended Jett’s Gym, Eden Terrace on January 27 between 8:45 PM and 9:45 PM, is considered a close contact and should self-isolate and get tested.

Papatoetoe Centennial Pool and Leisure Center also popped up as an interesting location on Monday 24 January between 10am and 12 noon.

People who were there at the designated times are being asked by health officials to self-isolate, get tested immediately, and then again on day five after possible exposure.

A number of Whangārei exhibit locations were also added this morning – including Countdown Whangārei, Countdown in Regent, Casablanca Motel, Michael Hill Jewelers and The Fruit and Vege Warehouse.

Shoppers at Countdown Whangārei between 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 25 are considered close contacts and should self-isolate and get tested.

Guests at the motel between 7am on Tuesday, January 25 to 9pm on Thursday, January 27 will be asked to self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days, as will customers who were at Countdown between 8:15pm and 11:30pm on Wednesday, January 26.

Meanwhile, the public is being urged to continue checking the Health Ministry sites, where a series of new landmarks were added yesterday.

A total of 24 sites related to people with Covid-19 have been posted throughout the day, including cafes, fast food restaurants, airport terminals and food stalls in those terminals.

None of yesterday’s sites were identified as being linked to confirmed or suspected Omicron cases.

Auckland Airport's domestic terminal was visited by a person with Covid-19 on Sunday, January 23.  Photo / Peter Meecham
Auckland Airport’s domestic terminal was visited by a person with Covid-19 on Sunday, January 23. Photo / Peter Meecham

Update from last night

Auckland Airport Metro Domestic Terminal: Sun 23 Jan, 7:10 pm – 7:20 pm

Kerikeri Airport Terminal: Sun 23 Jan, 14.25-15.00 hrs

The latest locations added at 5pm yesterday indicated that someone with Covid-19 was at Auckland Airport’s domestic airport on Sunday, January 23.

The infected person visited the Subway restaurant in the terminal between 7:10 PM and 7:20 PM that day.

On the same day, there was a person with Covid at the terminal of Kerikeri Airport between 2:25 PM and 3:00 PM.

Anyone who was in either location during the affected times is advised to monitor their health for 10 days after exposure and get a Covid test if symptoms start to develop.

The last time sites linked to suspected Omicron cases were reported was on Friday, when several sites – including in Auckland – were identified.

Latest Locations Linked to Suspected Omicron Cases

Queenstown Airport: Sat 22 Jan, 14.15-15.00 hrs

Private Event at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Eden Terrace, Auckland: Sat 22 Jan, 4pm-11pm (close contact location)

Sunglasses Style Auckland Central: Sun 23 Jan, 13.30-1.40 hrs

Miter 10 Mega Mt Wellington, Auckland: Wed 19 Jan, 7.30-12.30 hrs

Foodcourt, Westfield Albany, Auckland: Thu 20 Jan, 11am-8pm

Foodcourt, Westfield Albany, Auckland: Wed 19 Jan, 11am-6pm

Fresho Mt Roskill, Auckland: Fri 21 Jan, 12.00-18.00 hrs

Private Event at the Manukau Indian Association Diversity Centre, Auckland: Fri, Jan 21, 7pm-10pm

Fitness and wellness for real women, Papatoetoe: Mon 24 Jan, 6.15-7.15 am

Fitness and wellness for real women, Papatoetoe: Sun 23 Jan, 12.30-1.45 o’clock

Satya Chai Lounge, Sandringham, Auckland: Sun 23 Jan, 2.30-4 p.m.

CityFitness Fraser Cove, Tauranga: Tue 25 Jan, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (a close contact location)

Krispy Kreme drive thru, Manukau, Auckland: Sun 23 Jan, 14.30-14.45 hrs

Gucci Auckland: Sun 23 Jan, 1.44 pm – 2 pm

Auckland Airport Domestic Terminal: Mon, Jan 24, 15:00-16:00

Unichem Bairds Pharmacy, Otara, Auckland: Mon 24 Jan, 9.45 pm – 11 pm

ProHealth Pharmacy, Papatoetoe, Auckland: Mon 24 Jan, 11.29-11.53 am

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