Palmerston pupil possibly exposed to virus

The family of a Palmerston Primary School pupil is in isolation at home after it was confirmed the pupil may have been exposed to Covid-19.

Parents of pupils at the school were advised of the news last night in a letter from Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Anura Jayasinghe.

The letter gave no details of where or when the possible exposure took place; however, the SDHB earlier confirmed that one of two Covid-19 cases resulting from exposure at this month’s Queenstown cattle conference stayed in Palmerston after the event. 

The St James Presbyterian Church cancelled yesterday’s service due to the possibility an Auckland man had unwittingly spread the virus in the East Otago township’s church community.

Testing on the primary school pupil was completed yesterday and results were expected back today.

Another letter would be sent to parents and teachers as soon as the test results were received.

Dr Jayasinghe said the pupil and their family would stay in isolation regardless of whether the result was positive or negative, to minimise any risk of transmission. 


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