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Covid-19 Omicron outbreak: Queenstown airport, hotel visited by suspected case

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Two locations in Queenstown were visited by a suspected case of Omicron who traveled to the city from Auckland.

St Moritz Hotel and Queenstown Airport were added as places of interest on 22 January.

People in the hotel that day between 12 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Saturday should self-monitor for Covid symptoms for 10 days after being exposed and if symptoms start to appear, get tested and stay home until a negative test result comes back.

General Manager Jo Finnigan said they were told the suspected Omicron case was a hotel guest.

“The advice we’ve been given is that the contagious period started the day they left and they just went down to the lobby and left,” she said.

She said they were only in the hall for 15 minutes when they were contagious.

“Although there is of course some risk, we are confident that we have done everything we can to mitigate the risk.”

The hotel is fully vaccinated for staff and guests.

She said those at the hotel were considered casual contacts only and were following Ministry of Health guidelines to monitor for symptoms for the next 10 days.

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Queenstown airport was visited between 2.15 and 3 p.m.

The Herald approached the airport for comment.

Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult said the suspected case was a person from Auckland who traveled to the city over the weekend.

He said Queenstown is very prepared for an outbreak.

“We are over 99% double vaccinated, we have places of isolation and transport organized if people need to be taken out of the district.

“We have additional testing facilities so we are in good shape,” he said.

Boult said he wasn’t convinced it wouldn’t spread to the community, but he doesn’t think anyone in New Zealand is convinced.

“Every community around New Zealand is fearful that this disease is out there and will enter virtually every part of n sooner or later. We are taking all the precautions we can.”