Person in MIQ given exemption to visit Christchurch Hospital patient

A person who had not completed their 14-day managed isolation period was granted an exemption to visit a patient in Christchurch Hospital.
The visit took place on Monday and was confirmed by the Canterbury District Health Board.

In a statement, the CDHB's executive lead for Covid-19, Ralph La Salle, said Infection, Prevention and Control teams helped plan and execute the visit, with robust measures in place to protect other people.

He said "appropriate PPE" was used for the duration of the visit.


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La Salle said anyone leaving MIQ facilities for an exemption was required to return negative Covid-19 tests.

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Returnees who are now out of managed isolation say it's unlikely people will stick to the rules and self-isolate once they leave quarantine.

If a person visited a CDHB facility, the health board's Infection, Prevention and Control teams would be on-site when the person arrived.

This occurred [Monday] to ensure the appropriate safety measures were in place and followed," he said.

La Salle said decisions on whether to grant exemptions were made by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, which runs the country's 32 MIQ facilities.

It is understood exemptions are only granted if the person has completed 12 days in MIQ.

MBIE has been approached for comment.

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