Via Stuff.co.nz, a March 14 report from The Press: Ebola scare patient in isolation at hospital. Excerpt:
A health worker from Gore being tested for the Ebola virus is in a stable condition at Christchurch Hospital.
The patient was transferred from their home in Gore to hospital by helicopter early on Saturday morning.
The helicopter was met by a police blockade outside the hospital.
A Christchurch Hospital spokeswoman confirmed the patient was the recently returned health worker from Sierra Leone who is being tested to rule out Ebola.
She said the patient was in an acute medical assessment unit in a stable condition.
The helicopter had landed on the road outside the hospital because the patient was able to walk and did not require an ambulance.
Plans for the transfer were arranged at some stage last night, the spokeswoman said.
St John head of operational support Murray Holt said the 16-hour transfer operation involved flying a specialised helicopter from Northland to pick up trained staff in Auckland and Palmerston North before landing at the woman's home.
The mission was similar to their "worst case scenario" ebola emergency plan which imagined having to transport a patient from a remote South Island town to hospital, he said.
Staff wore full protective gear throughout including gloves, face masks and booties.
The woman was placed in an isolation pod at her home which she remained in until she reached her room at Christchurch Hospital.
Holt said the patient's partner was not transported to hospital as he wasn't showing any symptoms of Ebola.
The patient arrived at hospital at 6.30am.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said on Friday night the patient had been in Sierra Leone as part of New Zealand's contribution to the international response to Ebola.
The patient left Sierra Leone on Sunday and, after becoming unwell on Friday morning, reported to the local public health officer, as part of a daily self-monitoring process.