Jet Park COVID-19 case admitted to Middlemore Hospital

They have a COVID-related illness.
They have a COVID-related illness. Photo credit: Google / Getty.

A COVID-19 patient from the Jet Park quarantine facility has been transferred to Middlemore Hospital.

A spokesperson for the Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) confirmed to Newshub a case from the Auckland facility has been admitted to the hospital with a COVID-related illness.

"The patient is in a moderate but stable condition," the spokesperson said.

Joint Head of Managed Isolation and Quarantine Megan Main said the returnee was transferred by ambulance to the hospital on Tuesday night "for a COVID-19 related matter". They arrived in New Zealand on June 1. 

"The strict infection prevention and control measures which are in place for all hospital transfers from managed isolation and quarantine facilities were observed," Main said. 

The CMDHB spokesperson said Middlemore is "well equipped to deal with COVID patients and have robust processes in place to manage their admission".

"The patient is being treated at Middlemore as we are the nearest DHB to Jet Park and we accept all patients from Jet Park if their home domicile is outside of Auckland. Other patients will go to their home domicile DHB (Waitemata/ADHB)."

While New Zealand hasn't had a community case of COVID-19 in more than 100 days, infections are still being picked up among returnees who have to spend time in MIQ before entering the community.