Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Two HelloFresh employees test positive for virus

A number of HelloFresh distribution staff are in isolation after two Auckland employees have tested positive for Covid-19.

In an email to customers, Founder and chief executive Tom Rutledge confirmed two staff members who shared the same shift have tested positive and it is unknown whether the cases are linked.

All staff who were working the same shift as the two positive cases are being asked to get tested and self-isolate until further advice from the local public health authority.

“Our site has been deep cleaned and ARPHS has confirmed that the HelloFresh product is safe for distribution and consumption,” Rutledge said.

However, he warned customers the company may be unable to complete deliveries.

“We will be working hard to adapt our operations as quickly as possible to account for this workforce shortage, however in some cases we will be unable to complete deliveries.”

Today there were 53 new Covid-19 cases reported.

There are now 547 cases in Auckland and 15 in Wellington. Forty-two cases are yet to be linked to another case or sub-cluster.

Thirty-seven cases are in hospital. Of those, five cases are in stable condition in the intensive care unit.

Yesterday, Sistema announced its Auckland factory will be closed until Wednesday after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.

A letter sent to staff said the person was infectious when at the site on August 17.

A company spokesperson said all staff who are considered as a close contact are self-isolating and being tested.

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