21 July 2024

Covid-19 cases at two northern Hamilton schools, places of worship

Two schools located in northern Hamilton, and two places of worship in the city have reportedly detected Covid-19 cases.

In a late evening message on its Facebook Page, Hamilton Christian School announced a Y7 student who was at school on Thursday, 3 Feb has tested positive for Covid.

School notification on FB

According to the school notification, “all Y7 students and their staff who were at school on Thursday need to test immediately and isolate. All household members of these students and staff who were at school on Thursday are secondary contacts and must isolate and follow guidelines until the household ‘close contact’ returns a negative day 5 (this Tuesday) test.”

Similarly, Rototuna Junior High School also reported a confirmed positive case yesterday. According to the school, “the case was infectious at school on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 1 & 2 only.”

Parents of those considered a close contact were reportedly emailed by school, but the communication apparently caused confusion among parents.

Just passed mid-day today, RJHS apologised and clarified on their FB page “If you received an email this morning but NOT last night, please disregard the attachment – your child is NOT a close contact, only read what is in the email body itself.”

Both these schools are yet to be listed on the Ministry of Health’s website as a location of interest.

Meanwhile, city’s places of worships were also fast turning into places of locations of interest with two more added to the list today.

Islamic Centre Masjid, Frankton was a ‘close contact’ on 30, 31 January and 1 February, and Guru Nanak Sikh Temple on Greenhill Rd., was added to the list as a result of a wedding held there on 31 January.

The Ministry of Health’s advice in these both these places of worship cases is to self-isolate and test immediately.

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