Covid-19 confirmed in man who stayed at Wellington Hotel

Regional public health has confirmed that a person who later tested positive for Covid-19 spent time in Wellington.

The Brentwood Hotel on the eastern outskirts of Kilbirnie was listed as a place of interest on Tuesday.

Regional public health medical officer Jill McKenzie confirmed the guest, who was traveling through Wellington and tested positive, stayed at the hotel last Monday and Tuesday.

Investigations were continuing and other places of interest would be added to the health ministry if confirmed, she said.

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“Staff and other guests have been assessed as casual contacts and the advice is to monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19 for 10 days after your exposure,” Mckenzie said.

Anthony Dey, general manager of the hotel, said health officials had not identified the guest.

Wellington's eastern suburb has a new location of interest (file photo).

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Wellington’s eastern suburb has a new location of interest (file photo).

He understood that the guest had “poor contact” with the others there and tested positive for up to a week after leaving.

The health ministry said people there between 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 and 7:30 a.m. Nov. 23 – last Monday and Tuesday – should watch for symptoms themselves for 10 days after exposure.

With that time now almost over, Dey said none of the staff were showing any symptoms. They had not been told to isolate themselves.

The room the guest stayed in had not been identified by health authorities and had not been thoroughly cleaned.

“I am very confident in our cleaning regime every time the rooms are used,” he said.

Occupancy had been low at the hotel recently.

Peter M. Doran