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Covid-19: New Plymouth hotel awaits all-clear on room used by guest who tested positive for coronavirus

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19.

The Auckland man spent two days working at Port Taranaki before experiencing symptoms.

A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19. (File photo)

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A New Plymouth hotelier is confident there is little health risk for guests who stayed in the same room as a man who tested positive for Covid-19. (File photo)

He was among about 150 guests staying at the Devon Hotel on Tuesday night.

The hotel’s owner, Peter Tennent, said different guests stayed in that same room until Sunday when he was notified of the case.

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“On this occasion I’m grateful the guest checked in, went straight to their room, checked out and left and went to work. The guest wanted to stay another night, but we were full.

“I understand the next 12 to 24 hours could potentially have been a problem … it would’ve gone from no risk to low risk. It’s blind luck but I’m grateful that didn’t happen.”

He said the hotel has a strict cleaning regime and each room is fully cleaned when a guest leaves.

“We go to a lot of trouble with door handles and touch points with the protocols around the hotel and I’m proud of the team but it’s always appropriate to stop and say ‘have we got it right’ and this is a classic example that just through blind luck we were a day early from that infectious period.”

He said health authorities told him the man was unlikely to have been contagious during his stay.

The man, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, had worked at Port Taranaki two days before experiencing symptoms. (File photo)

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The man, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, had worked at Port Taranaki two days before experiencing symptoms. (File photo)

Tennent said the room was fully booked until the hotel was notified of the positive case.

“The guest checked out early Wednesday morning and that room has been used every night with different guests till this morning [Sunday]. That room has now been blocked and the deep clean has been done and that room will not be let until we get a full clearance from the health department,” he said.

“All those details have been given to the health department but I haven’t heard and don’t anticipate hearing back unless there’s a problem and I don’t anticipate there’ll be a problem.”

He said the hotel was open and locals had not been put off coming to the bar and restaurant to watch the All Blacks’ match on Sunday night.

This story was originally published on RNZ.co.nz and is republished with permission.

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US couple quarantined in Spain amid coronavirus outbreak get all-clear after ‘horror vacation’

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MADRID – A Georgia couple who was traveling throughout southern Spain earlier this month until members of their tour party tested positive with coronavirus are now on their way back home after getting the all-clear from doctors.

Sharon Wells, 62, and her husband Craig Carpenter, 55, of Pooler, Ga., and their party were quarantined for 19 days at the four-star Sol Melia Hotel in Torremolinos, a holiday resort near Malaga.

Sharon Wells, 62, and her husband Craig Carpenter, 55, of Pooler, Georgia, are quarantined in the Sol Melia in Torremolinos, Spain amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Sharon Wells, 62, and her husband Craig Carpenter, 55, of Pooler, Georgia, are quarantined in the Sol Melia in Torremolinos, Spain amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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A 70-year-old American man who was on the tour died in the hospital from the virus. He was treated for COVID-19 with the group’s Spanish tour guide at a hospital in nearby Ronda.

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Wells, a retired nurse, said 19 members of the tour were cleared to go back to the U.S. but four others are being re-tested after suffering fevers. They are awaiting the results.

Of those who have to stay, two are being treated in a hospital. One is in intensive care and has been on a ventilator for four days.“This was a horrific experience; it was a vacation from hell,” Wells told Fox News in a phone interview from her hotel. “I felt like I was in solitary confinement for 20 days in a foreign country with people who did not understand us.”

Sharon Wells tested positive for COVID-19, however, she has not shown any symptoms. Her husband Craig Carpenter tested negative.

Sharon Wells tested positive for COVID-19, however, she has not shown any symptoms. Her husband Craig Carpenter tested negative.
(Courtesy of Sharon Wells)

Wells tested positive for the virus but her husband tested negative.

“I have never felt so alone and afraid. I wasn’t afraid for myself but for my friends and family at home,” she said.  “They were pouring out the prayers for our return. People I didn’t know were sending their prayers to me and my husband.

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She continued: “I kept the faith and stayed strong. With God all things are possible. I had complained about it raining since Saturday. I listened to a young minister preach in (the U.S.) He said we have to go through something, then the rain comes. I took that as going through trials and tribulations but God has sent the rain to wash it all away.

“I went to the doctor and he said you have been cleared to go home. I jumped and shouted ‘Hallelujah, thank you, God. Thank you, Jesus!”

She praised the staff at the hotel where she stayed who even went out to Burger King to get her a burger.

Doctors gave the couple the all-clear as they had shown no symptoms of the illness after nearly three weeks in isolation.

Wells and Carpenter, a retired former computer programmer, had planned a two-week vacation in Spain

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