Kia ora neighbours. A teacher at Avondale College has tested positive for Covid-19.
The 25-year-old woman is one of seven in the community who have now tested positive for the virus (as of 1pm on Wednesday - this number is expected to grow).
Principal Lyndy Watkinson told the school community further information would be shared as it was received.
“My thoughts and best wishes are with the staff member concerned, and I thank them for acting responsibly and following all health advice,” she wrote in an email.
It is not yet clear whether the teacher was at school while infectious, however the Auckland Regional Public Health Service said all staff and students (about 2500) were considered close contacts.
Students and staff were now required to remain in self-isolation at home for 14 days.
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Two regions a day around the country will be able to get their Popcorn Chicken Snackbox if they show their vaccination card or sticker at a KFC store or drive-through. Bay of Plenty will be the first to be rewarded for getting vaccinated when the KFC initiative rolls out in the region tomorrow. Each region will have two separate days throughout the next two weeks to claim their vaccination incentive. Each region's turn will be announced on KFC's website at 2pm, or on ZM and Flava's Craving Vaxx Facts, available on their websites. "We're excited to be partnering with KFC on this initiative. Young people are an important part of the road to getting 90 per cent of New Zealand vaccinated, so ZM and Flava are helping them understand the decision better by speaking to experts and sources young Kiwis trust, with the added incentive of NZ's favourite chicken" says Paul Hancox, chief revenue officer, NZME. The move comes after a number of incentives were provided to those getting vaccinated at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. Those who were not yet vaccinated were given either grocery or petrol vouchers or KFC if they came and got vaccinated. The assistant coach of the Samoan national women's rugby team said there's been some criticism towards offering incentives when getting the jab, but the approach is working.
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