Eight new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at an Auckland retirement village.

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In addition to the one announced yesterday, there are eight new Covid-19 cases, including seven residents, at an Auckland retirement village.

 

The Edmonton Meadows retirement village in Henderson, Auckland.

The Edmonton Meadows retirement village in Henderson, Auckland. Photo: Google Maps

There has been a total of 160 new community cases reported today.

Following further testing at Edmonton Meadows retirement village in Henderson, the seven residents and one staff member have been confirmed as having the virus, bringing the total number of cases at the home to nine, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The Ministry said it was important to point out the village had high levels of vaccination among residents of the home, and all staff are fully vaccinated.

All staff and residents have now been tested and will also receive day five and day 12 testing.

Auckland Regional Public Health staff are supporting the residents and staff at the privately owned facility.

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At this stage, only one positive staff member has been required to stand down.

An investigation has begun to try and find out the source of the infection.

The retirement village has been operating under alert level 3 guidelines for visitors, meaning people have only been able to visit the village on compassionate grounds.

Meanwhile, the focus today in Auckland remains on testing in areas identified as having higher positivity rates, where the risk of unidentified cases is higher.

Public health staff are asking people in the suburbs of Redvale, Rosedale, New Lynn, Wiri, Drury, Henderson and Manurewa with symptoms to get tested – no matter how mild their symptoms may be. The advice is the same even if people are vaccinated.

There are 16 community testing centres available for testing across Auckland today. Up-to-date information on testing locations in Auckland, visit [www.arphs.health.nz/covid19test here].

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