Positive Covid case at Brookfield Primary School

Students who have been deemed close contacts will be moving to distance learning.

Some students at Brookfield Primary School are moving to distance learning following news of a Covid positive case at the school.

In a post on Facebook, principal Ngaere Durie states the school is working closely with the “Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education officials to guide our response”.

“A confirmed case has been identified in our Brookfield School Community - one of our students who is at home self-isolating,” reads the post.

“Only staff and students of Room 10 and 11 who attended the trip to Waihi are considered close contacts. I have spoken to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education officials this afternoon and their advice was our school will remain open as the positive case only concerns Room 10 a 11 and staff who went on a day trip on Wednesday via bus to Waihi.

“We’ll move to distance learning for Room 10 and 11 only while we work through the list of contacts.”

Ngaere says an update will be provided later today.

“In the meantime: If your child is in one of those classes, please stay home, get tested and follow guidelines from Healthline. Healthline free on 0800 611 116.

“I would like to sincerely thank our whānau of our classes for remaining calm in this current climate.”

Meanwhile, Tauranga Central Police Station on Willow Street has been added as a location of interest, with the exposure event considered high risk, according to Ministry of Health official advice.

A police spokesperson told SunLive that the front counter at Tauranga Central was temporarily closed on Sunday as a precautionary measure.

“Staff had concerns that a member of the public who entered the station may have been unwell and closed the front counter as a precaution,” says the spokesperson.

“The rest of the station continued operating as normal and there is no impact on police's ability to respond to incidents.”

The exposure event is short, between 2.44pm and 3pm on Sunday, December 5.

As of Monday, December 6, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board had 69 active Covid cases in the region but there were no new cases reported by the Ministry of Health for Monday.


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