Second NZ Post worker tests positive for COVID-19

NZ Post has confirmed a second worker at the Auckland Operations Centre in Highbrook has tested positive for COVID-19.

"Our team member was last at work on Friday, and wasn't suffering from any symptoms at the time. We are immediately contacting those who are considered close contacts at work," says NZ Post chief operating officer Mark Stewart.

"We are working with the Ministry of Health on the control measures we have in place as a precaution to protect our people's safety and wellbeing on site."

Stewart says several close contacts of the original positive worker have returned negative tests, and deep-cleaning has been carried out.

Due to increased safety measures, Stewart says the public can expect a one day delay of items due to be delivered in Auckland.

"A low proportion of items being sent from Auckland to addresses outside of Auckland may also be delayed by one day. Items that are not sent from or delivered to Auckland will not be impacted," he says.

"The medical advice we have received indicates that the transferal of COVID-19 through mail and parcels is low risk."

Stewart says NZ Post has re-implemented contactless delivery to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"NZ Post is proud to be providing an essential service delivering items including food and medical supplies to New Zealanders during alert level 3 in Auckland, and alert level 2 nationwide," he adds.

"We ask that members of the public please treat our people with kindness and respect during this difficult time, and remember to stick to the two-metre rule when you see our people out and about."