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A Queenstown lady says she has had nothing however silence from the Ministry of Well being, regardless of eating with an individual who later examined optimistic for Covid.

Elaine Thomson was at a resort eatery eight days in the past, she and the optimistic particular person scanned in with the Covid Tracer app and had been in shut contact, maskless, for about half-hour.

The opposite particular person developed Covid signs, was examined, and returned a optimistic outcome on Saturday and instantly knowledgeable her.

Elaine Thomson says delays in releasing information mean people are out and about 'none the wiser for days'. Photo / Supplied
Elaine Thomson says delays in releasing info imply persons are out and about ‘none the wiser for days’. Photograph / Equipped

That particular person was informed, throughout a follow-up interview with the ministry, that Thomson had been deemed a “shut contact” and the ministry would get in contact together with her.

Rattled, Thomson stated she known as the Ministry of Well being hotline on Saturday, in search of recommendation on the following steps.

She was assured her case could be escalated and somebody would name her shortly.

Thomson determined to self-isolate, received a PCR check, and waited to listen to from the ministry.

However by the deadline, she says she nonetheless hadn’t had a name or acquired any notification by textual content or the Covid Tracer app informing her of her standing.

“It’s ridiculous,” Thomson says.

“I nonetheless haven’t been known as again and, in keeping with my Covid Tracer app, I’ve not had contact with a optimistic case.

“I didn’t get a cellphone name Saturday or Sunday, so I known as them again on Monday and it was as if I hadn’t talked to them earlier than.”

Thomson says she needed to repeat all the things she informed the ministry on Saturday, together with the main points of the case she was with.

She requested why she hadn’t acquired a name but and stated she was informed the ministry was “actually behind” and to attend for the venue she was at to seem as a “location of curiosity” on the ministry’s web site.

Given self-isolation guidelines modified this week, as of immediately she wouldn’t even need to self-isolate if she wasn’t conscious she’d been uncovered.

Thomson can also be unimpressed with the Covid Tracer app.

“I had my Bluetooth on and scanned in and I’ve had no alert.”

The app states, underneath “contact alerts”, for those who’ve scanned into the identical place, or exchanged Bluetooth keys with somebody who checks optimistic for Covid, “we are going to ship you a contact alert”.

By midday yesterday, the ministry was nonetheless importing shut contact areas of curiosity courting again over every week.

One other Queenstown venue, Harry’s Pool Bar, pinged this Monday, cited the publicity date as 9 days earlier, on February 5, stating all patrons had been thought-about shut contacts.

Thomson’s concern is the delay in releasing that info means folks could have been out and about, “none the wiser for days”.

“They’re presupposed to be chasing me.

“The case gave the Ministry of Well being my identify and my cellphone quantity.

“I can think about that there are lots of people which can be in the identical state of affairs that don’t even know they’re an in depth contact and I believe that’s the most worrying factor.”

The venue was ultimately listed at 11am yesterday, the publicity time being exterior the interval that Thomson and the optimistic case had been current, noting it’s “workers solely” who’re thought-about shut contacts.

Thomson: “My greatest level is, if I did have Covid and the case didn’t inform me, I’d have been out locally for every week.”

Requested concerning the lack of ability to contact-trace or communicate to Thomson, the Ministry of Well being referred solely to the February 15 shift to section 2, reiterating a brand new concentrate on “high-exposure” occasions.

Thomson’s publicity, and data of it, got here whereas section 1 was nonetheless in play.

A spokesperson says you will need to notice “publicity occasions are solely printed as areas of curiosity when contacts can’t be reached by different means”.

Thomson says she acquired a textual content message on Tuesday evening from the ministry acknowledging she had knowledgeable them she could also be an in depth contact, stating it was now assessing her info and can contact her quickly with “isolation recommendation”.

By the point of deadline she nonetheless hadn’t had a name.