Port Taranaki has this afternoon been linked to a case of COVID-19.
“We are working closely with the Ministry of Health and the Taranaki District Health Board, and taking instruction from them,” Port Taranaki chief executive Guy Roper said.
“We are also working through the port entry and exit records to determine what contact the confirmed COVID-19 case had with Port Taranaki staff. At this stage, the Ministry of Health has determined only one staff member had brief contact with the confirmed case. That staff member is being contacted and tested.
“The Ministry of Health has said that the risk to the New Plymouth public is low and that the person had limited contact with Port Taranaki staff.
“It is understood the person travelled from Auckland to New Plymouth and boarded a ship at Port Taranaki on Wednesday. That ship has now left port. While he was at Port Taranaki, the individual took all necessary COVID-19 precautions of wearing gloves and a mask.
“At this stage, the source of the infection is still to be determined. But as has been our health and safety practice throughout COVID-19, our pilots who boarded the vessel that the individual worked on wore appropriate PPE and practised social distancing,” Mr Roper said.