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All cases of COVID-19 will be moved to a managed quarantine facility as health officials try to get on top of an outbreak of community transmission.

Thirteen new confirmed cases were reported today linked to the four cases within a South Auckland family reported on Tuesday

There was also one new case in managed isolation, a woman in her 30s from the Philippines.

The Director General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, says one was a student at Mount Albert Grammar who had not been at school since displaying symptoms.

All teachers and pupils judged to have had close contact with him have been contacted, tested and asked to self-isolate while waiting for the results.

Three workers at the Americold coldstore facility in Mount Wellington have also tested positive along with seven family members, and one employee and a family member from the Finance Now Dominion Rd branch are also in quarantine.

Dr Bloomfield says a mobile testing unit has tested people at Americold’s airport site and also at the homes of workers from the Mount Wellington site.

He says the number of people in the cluster is expected to increase.

Putting people in quarantine will help avoid any further inadvertent spread into the community.

The facilities have been set up specifically and have processes and resources in place to look after people, including health staff on site at all times.

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