Wellington Scoop

Cricketer in Palmerston North has covid virus; contact of Woodville case

Report from RNZ
A person who attended a cricket training session in Palmerston North this week has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Manawatū Cricket Association has confirmed a man who attended his club training on Tuesday evening has the virus.

Association chairperson Carla na Nagara said the man felt unwell yesterday and returned a positive result when tested. The man is a casual contact of one of the two Woodville cases revealed at the weekend.

The cricket association’s Palmerston North training facility will have a deep clean today.

Wellington.Scoop – November 17
Seven new cases covid have been reported in the Taupo/Lakes region today, making a total of 15. Six are in Taupo and are linked to the other cases in the area. One is in Turangi and is also linked to the cases in Taupo.

Interviews are continuing to determine their movements and any locations of interest will be added to the Ministry’s website.

Anyone with COVID-19 related symptoms in the region is encouraged to get tested – even if the symptoms are mild. Testing is available today in Rotorua and Taupô. A pop up testing and vaccination site has opened in Turangi. It will be open until 4PM daily at the Turangi Community Health Centre carpark.

New cases have also been reported today in Northland (4), Auckland (180), Waikato (5), and Canterbury (1). A covid patient in his 60s has died in an Auckland hospital.

There are no new cases in the Wairarapa or the Tararua District today.

Wellington.Scoop – November 16
A second case of covid has been reported in Masterton. Both cases are in isolation. The cases were identified through targeted testing as part of follow-up to a Masterton visit by one of the Taupô cases on the weekend of 6 and 7 November.

Public health staff are continuing to investigate links to known cases.

People in Wairarapa are advised to check the Ministry of Health’s website for locations of interest and if they have symptoms, even if they are mild and they are vaccinated, get a free COVID-19 test at your nearest medical practice.

Locations of interest in the Wairarapa have been updated: Stirling Sports, Masterton – Friday 12 November 1.40pm – 2pm; and Cotton On, Masterton – Friday 12 November 1.10pm – 1.20pm.

Another covid case in Taupô was reported today, in addition to one reported yesterday. The new case also lives in Taupô and is a close contact of another case. All eight cases in Taupô are linked.

The Ministry of Health is encouraging anyone with COVID-19 related symptoms in the region to get tested. Testing is available today in Rotorua and Taupô.

A record total of 222 new community cases were reported today – 197 in Auckland, 20 in the Waikato and one in Northland. One covid patient has died in hospital in Auckland. There are no new Tararua cases.

Wellington.Scoop – November 15
A new covid case has been discovered in Masterton. The Ministry of Health says a positive test result was received this morning. Local public health officials believe this case was found early in the course of their infection. They are carrying out interviews with the person today to identify any close contacts and exposure events.

People in the Wairarapa are advised to check the Ministry’s website for any locations of interest and if they have symptoms, even if they are mild and they are vaccinated, get a free COVID-19 test at your nearest medical practice. Please check the Healthpoint website.

Masterton Medical advises: If you are trying to phone us, our phones are jammed, please be patient or try again later. If you need a Covid Swab, we are testing all day, please drive in the Colombo Road entrance and join the queue – no booking is required.

The total number of new covid cases in the community reported today is 173 – all but ten are in Auckland. The others are in Waikato (7) and Northland (2), with one in Taupo. There are no new cases in Taranaki or Tararua.

Wellington.Scoop – November 14
Two covid cases have been reported this morning in Woodville. Two new cases have also been reported in Rotorua.

The Ministry of Health says that both Woodville cases reported feeling unwell on Friday, sought prompt testing and are now self-isolating at home. “The cases are linked and the local Public Health Unit is still investigating any links between these cases and other known cases.”

Any residents or recent visitors with symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested.

The two Rotorua cases were detected after a person sought care at Rotorua Hospital for a non-Covid health matter, before returning a positive test result.

“The person was not in contact with any other patients as they were placed in a room set aside for possible Covid-19 cases. The person was managed with appropriate infection prevention protocols. Two healthcare workers involved have also been tested and are now isolating.”

The second Rotorua case is a household contact of the first. The Ministry says there is a link to cases in Auckland.

A total of 209 new covid cases were reported today. Ninety people are in hospital – 59 per cent of them unvaccinated. A covid patient in her 90s, who had been admitted from a care home, died overnight in North Shore Hospital. Eighty-one per cent of eligible New Zealanders are now fully vaccinated.

In Wellington’s Capital & Coast Health Board district, 85 per cent are fully vaccinated. The Hutt Valley is at 81 per cent fully vaccinated.

News from Ministry of Health – November 13
Two household contacts of the Taupo case announced earlier today have tested positive for covid. We are also confirming a fourth positive result in Taupō, another close contact. These results are not unexpected among household and other close contacts. Two other household contacts of the case have tested negative.

Public health staff at Toi Te Ora are continuing to interview the initial case and their contacts.

As a result of those interviews, it’s understood that the case and a close contact (who is now isolating in Taupō) travelled to Masterton last weekend, before the person became symptomatic on Monday.

Locations of interest; testing; vaccination

The Ministry has identified four locations of interest in Masterton and four in Taupō linked to these cases. Anyone who visited those locations on the same day at the relevant times should get a test if they’re feeling unwell. These Locations of Interest are on the Ministry of Health’s website and will be regularly updated from tomorrow if and when additional locations are identified.

Wairarapa DHB will have drive-through testing available at the following site:
Wairarapa After Hours at the Masterton Medical Centre, Colombo Road – open between 9am and 4pm

Lakes DHB has advised testing will be available at the follow sites:
Community Testing Centre, 79 Miro Street, Taupō – open between 9am and 3pm Sunday
Taupō Events Centre, AC Baths Avenue – open between 8.30 and 3pm Sunday
Pihanga Health, Tūrangi – open between 11am and 1pm Sunday

If you’ve been in the Wairarapa or in Taupō and haven’t been to the locations at the specified times, but you do have symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, please get a test.

Vaccinations are available in the Wairarapa tomorrow at the following site:
Genesis Recreation Centre – open between 10am and 4pm Sunday

Vaccinations are available in Taupō at the follow sites:
COVID-19 Immunisation Hub, 6/29 Totara Street – open between 8.30am and 4.30pm Sunday
Unichem Main Street pharmacy, Tongariro Street – open between 5.30pm and 7.30pm Sunday

If you’re in these locations and begin to feel unwell overnight and notice a change in symptoms, please do not hesitate to call 111 or Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

Earlier Report from RNZ
A positive Covid-19 case has been confirmed in Taupō. Mayor David Trewavas has confirmed that the Ministry of Health has informed him a positive Covid-19 test result was returned last night.

It was taken from a person tested at the Taupō community testing centre yesterday afternoon. Four household contacts are now being tested.

Yesterday, Trewavas had urged anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 in his district to get tested, after a positive Covid-19 result in the district’s wastewater. The Taupō sample was taken on Monday. A further sample taken on Wednesday is being analysed.

Trewavas said the district had boosted the number of people working on the Covid-19 helplines and its testing sites. He added that he didn’t want people to be reluctant about getting tested, after the Taranaki cases in Stratford.

Six people in the Taranaki town of Stratford tested positive, after being reluctant to get tested. Trewavas said he hoped that wasn’t the case in his district. The Ministry of Health is urging anyone in the area who may have symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested, even if vaccinated.

There are 159 new community cases in Auckland today, two more in Northland, and eight more in Waikato.

Nine of the 93 cases in hospital are in intensive care. Fifty of those in hospital with Covid-19 are either unvaccinated or not eligible. Eight cases in hospital are fully vaccinated.