Coronavirus: Everything we know about the Auckland February cluster cases

There are now 15 cases connected to the Auckland February COVID-19 cluster which was first identified on February 14.

A mother and daughter from Papatoetoe were the first to test positive, in what has become the first major cluster since August 2020.

We now have cases A through to O and at times it can be confusing as to who is who.

Here's Newshub's guide to the cluster's cases:

Household 1

Case A - Papatoetoe student

Announced: February 14

Case A is a year 9 student at Papatoetoe High School and they attended school for one day while infectious. They also travelled to New Plymouth over Waitangi Weekend, while potentially symptomatic.

Case B - Case A's mother 

Announced: February 14

Case A's mother is an employee in the laundry department of LSG Sky Chefs, a flight catering facility at Auckland Airport.

She is believed to be the original case from this outbreak but this has not been confirmed.

Case C - Case A's father

Announced: February 14

Case C is Case A's father and is in his 40s.

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Cases A, B and C are classified as recovered from their COVID-19 infections and on Monday the Ministry of Health confirmed they had finished their quarantine period at the Auckland quarantine facility.

 Coronavirus: Everything we know about the Auckland February cluster cases
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Household 2

Case D - Classmate of Case A

Announced: February 17

Case A had 31 close contacts at Papatoetoe High School, one of these tested positive (Case D). The genomes of Case D are the UK variant, the same as the genomes from Household 1.

Case E - Case D's sibling

Announced: February 17

Case E is a sibling of Case D and also attended Papatoetoe High School. They are in Year 12.

Case F - Household contact

Announced: February 18

Case G - Household contact

Announced: February 19

Case H - Household contact

Announced: February 22

Papatoetoe High School.
Papatoetoe High School. Photo credit: RNZ

Household 3

Case I - Papatoetoe Student and casual- plus contact of Case A

Announced: February 23

Case I is another Papatoetoe High School student who was a casual- plus contact of Case A. 

Case J - Sibling of Case I and Kmart worker

Announced: February 23

Case J is a teenage sibling of Case I who worked at Kmart Botany on February 19 and 20 while potentially infectious with COVID-19. They also visited Dark Vapes in East Tamaki during this time.

Case K - Sibling

Announced: February 23

Case K is an infant sibling of Case I.  They did not attend a childcare facility outside of their home. 

Case L - Household contact and KFC worker

Announced: February 26

Case L is a household contact of cases I, J and K. They worked at KFC Botany Downs while potentially infectious on February 22 and 23 - when they were meant to be isolating.

Case O - Household contact of Cases  I, J, K and L 

Announced: February 28

Case O tested positive while quarantining with their family in the Auckland quarantine facility.

"The person became symptomatic on Saturday and returned a positive COVID-19 test on Sunday. This means that Case O has been in quarantine for their infectious period," the Ministry of Health said.

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Household 3 held a private home viewing on behalf of the home's owners on Saturday February 20.

"The viewing lasted half-an-hour and was attended by three people," the Ministry of Health said. 

"The agent and three attendees were all contacted by public health officials on Tuesday. They have all been tested and are awaiting their results. The home is not regarded as a location of interest as the identities of everyone present is known."

 Coronavirus: Everything we know about the Auckland February cluster cases
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Household 4

Case M - MIT student and Gym-goer

Announced: February 27

They are a sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student who tested negative for the virus three times. 

Case M is a 21-year-old who visited a number of locations while potentially infectious. They include City Fitness Papatoetoe and the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) Manukau campus where they are a student.

Case N - Mother of Case M

Announced: February 27

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Genome sequencing results from February 28 revealed Cases N and M are linked to the existing cluster through Household 2 that includes cases D, E, F, G, and H. Contact tracing teams also identified a link between the two households. On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Case M had become infected after a member in their household visited the second home in the cluster (Cases D to H).