Well that's awkward.
Health worker at the Quarantine Facility
It's great that our border testing is now functioning to pick up such cases.
But quite worrying that in the short time the border testing has been correctly operating, that we have had two confirmed cases of workers getting sick. Means that the infection mitigation measures taken in such facilities aren't as effective as the public has been lead to believe in press conferences.
Quite possibly this is due to the virus being really infectious, rather than any specific procedural failings, but it does put weight on the importance of border testing.
Also draws attention to how super relaxed our policies on air crew are:
- Offshore based air crew allowed to travel via crew bus to a normal hotel (not at managed isolation hotel) - No testing required of hotel staff or their crew bus driver - also very high trust. no security preventing air crew from leaving hotel etc.
- No isolation or testing requirements for NZ based air crew returning from Low or medium risk lay overs. - can immediately work on domestic flights.
- 48hr self isolation then test required for crew returning from high risk layovers, but they are allowed to take domestic flights home during the 48hour isolation period. Once the results for the test are back, they no longer need to isolate and can work on domestic flights. - remember for many the incubation period is a lot longer than 48 hours.