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UPDATED MAR 5, 2020 4:06 PM
The woman had returned from northern Italy before people there were required to isolate themselves, and flew between Auckland and Palmerston North since arriving back.
A student from the Palmerston North campus had been in close contact with her on Monday and then attended a class that day.
Te Wānanga o Aotearoa says in line with Ministry of Health advice, the tauira has now isolated themselves.
It says it has identified about 35 students who were in the building at the same time, but this has not increased their risk of contracting the virus.
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The medical masks are mandatory, and the Dental Association has written to the regulatory body asking for advice.
In a newsletter to members, chief executive Dr David Crum said they had about three months worth of supplies.
He said some suppliers were rationing the masks while others had none at all.
He’s now written to the Dental Council and asked how they should treat patients if they don’t have masks.
“There’s a possibility masks may become in short supply in the future that we are in contact with the dental Council of New Zealand which are the regulators to see whether there are any other solutions.”
Practising dentist Bill O’Connor said it’s a front line defence which protect both the patient and the dentist and he wouldn’t want to work without one.
“As soon as you start working on a patient as soon as you turn on the drill and start working, there is an aerosol of spray that comes out of the patient’s mouth.
“Basically that’s what the mask is protecting the dentist and the assistant from so without a mask, you’d be breathing in straight out of the person sitting in the chair… you might as well have them sneeze all over you.”
He said they had never had to face this situation before.
The ministry says the payments have been made to 31 people across the country and total just over $6000.
Health Minister David Clark announced the third positive test in a television interview this morning, but offered no further details – delaying them till a later media conference.
The Ministry has now announced all new cases will be revealed only at its daily updates.
Jacinda Ardern says that plan has been decided so health officials can get all the information and begin contact tracing, before giving more details to the public.
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