It comes after the truck driver returned a positive COVID-19 result on Saturday, following routine surveillance testing. The Ministry of Health says the driver is currently isolating in a facility in Palmerston North.
The ministry says two household contacts have been identified and are also self-isolating. The hours worked by the driver meant their contact with others was limited and a small number of potential exposure events were being investigated, the ministry says.
"Auckland Regional Public Health Service has completed its initial interview with the person," a ministry spokeswoman said on Saturday night. "Whole-genome sequencing is underway."
Palmerston North testing centres open on Sunday:
- Drive-through community testing centre, 575 Main St, 10am - 8pm
- City Doctors White Cross, 22 Victoria Ave, 8am - 8pm
- The Palms Medical Centre, 445 Ferguson St, 8am - 8pm.