Dialysis patient tests positive for COVID-19 while at North Shore hospital

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The Ministry of Health has announced that a patient has tested positive for COVID-19 whilst at North Shore hospital.

The person was admitted to the North Shore hospital dialysis unit on Saturday where they were receiving non-COVID-treatment, according to the Ministry of Health's 1pm press release.   

The Waitemata DHB says the person using dialysis was appropriately screened before coming to the unit and again on arrival at the unit.  

During the treatment, the patient became unwell and started showing signs of COVID-19. They were swabbed and subsequently tested positive. 

The unit was temporarily closed on Saturday afternoon so a deep clean could be completed. 

Auckland Regional Public Health Services and the DHB are currently following up with other people who were receiving treatment in the unit at the same time as the person who has tested positive for COVID-19 to provide advice around isolation and testing.

On Sunday the Ministry of Health announced a spike of 60 COVID-19 cases, 19 of which have yet to be linked to the original Auckland outbreak. 

All of the new cases were found in Auckland apart from three in Waikato and the case in Bay of Plenty reported on Saturday night. 

"The three new Waikato cases are linked to the initial Hamilton East case," the ministry said in a statement. 

"Of the Auckland cases, 37 have known links to existing cases and 17 remain under investigation." 

There have now been 1587 cases in the Delta outbreak. 

Twenty of the latest COVID-19 cases were infectious in the community, the ministry said. 

Ministry data shows there are 29 people in hospital with COVID-19, seven of whom are in intensive care.