COVID-19: One of the latest cases worked at McDonald's

 It follows the announcement of two new cases on Wednesday.
It follows the announcement of two new cases on Wednesday. Photo credit: Google Maps

One of Auckland's most recent COVID-19 cases was employed at an Auckland McDonald's. 

A spokesperson for McDonald's confirmed on Wednesday one of the Papatoetoe High School students was employed at its Cavendish Drive Manukau restaurant.

The restaurant has been closed for an "immediate" deep clean, the spokesperson said.

"We received notification from the Auckland District Health Board (DHB) Wednesday afternoon of a McDonald’s staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The DHB notified us that this person had worked a shift on Saturday afternoon, prior to the change to alert level 3."

Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said on Wednesday the case has been asymptomatic at the time. 

The McDonald's spokesperson said any staff who worked at the same time as the infected person have been advised to isolate and get tested for the virus. 

They say the restaurant has operated with extreme caution since Auckland switched to alert level 3 on Sunday evening.

"That restaurant has operated for drive-thru and delivery only, and at heightened levels of hygiene and distancing. This includes the use of masks, protective screens and contactless service."

Both cases are Papatoetoe High School students. One is the classmate of the pupil who was among three community cases detected in south Auckland over the weekend, and the other is that person's brother.

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