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New covid case in Hawkes Bay, but no managed isolation

Report from RNZ
A positive covid case has been reported in Hawkes Bay today. The person travelled to the area from Auckland, with a travel exemption. The person is isolating and contacts are being tested.

Pukemokimoki Marae in Napier is one of two drive-through testing clinics open today. Trustee Maureen Mua said she received a call from the DHB confirming the case yesterday evening, and rallied extra kaimahi for today’s clinic.

She said the region’s vaccination rates were still way behind – one quarter of Māori haven’t had a single Pfizer dose – and she was nervous.

Home isolation needs are adding another layer of uncertainty to the announcement of the positive case.

Mua oversees a team of social workers who are concerned there is no managed isolation in Hawke’s Bay. She said staff are at high risk of burnout and may not get Christmas holiday breaks.

She said university students on holiday have been given paid jobs managing traffic and administration at the site, to reduce pressure on Covid-19 response teams.

The Ministry of Health has not yet listed locations of interest.

Hawke’s Bay DHB medical officer of health Dr Rachel Eyre urged anyone with symptoms – no matter how mild – to get tested, even if they are vaccinated.

Drive in swabbing is available at Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre between 11am and 1.30pm and Pukemokimoki Marae between 10am and 3pm. A test can also be booked at The Doctors Napier or Hastings Health Centre.

A total of 149 new cases have been reported today. All but nine are in Auckland. There are no new cases in Wellington. A total of 83 people are in hospital.

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