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New covid case in Hawke’s Bay, patient and household contacts isolating

News from Ministry of Health
The Ministry has been notified of a community case in Hawke’s Bay. Hawke’s Bay DHB confirmed the case late last night and informed the person of their test result.

This person tested positive for COVID-19 as part of routine surveillance swabbing for COVID-19 when they visited Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department after feeling unwell. No Emergency Department staff have been stood down, as all were wearing the appropriate protective PPE.

The case investigation began last night and the person is safely isolating, with monitoring from the local public health unit.

The public health team has identified close household contacts who are all now isolating. Further interviews with the positive case and testing for all close and wider contacts will continue today.

The DHB reports that the latest case and whānau are being very helpful in supporting the case investigation and following public health advice.

Investigations will continue today to determine any links to other cases and to identify locations of interest. At this stage, an early assessment has found a number of exposure events, such as the DHB Emergency Department, where anyone potentially affected is able to be contacted directly.

The Ministry’s locations of interest webpage now shows five locations of interest, including Flex Fitness Gym in Hastings, Lick This icecream parlour in Napier, Unichem Pharmacy Stortford Lodge, and Pak’n’Save in Napier.

The Ministry says that anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, should be tested.

Testing locations in Hawke’s Bay:

Pukemokimoki Marae drive through; 10am–3pm
Flaxmere Village Green drive through – behind the supermarket; 10am–3pm.

Testing by appointment:

The Doctors Napier Saturday and Sunday (call 0800 TEST19)
Hastings Health Centre – Saturday (call 06 281 2644)
Queen Street Practice Wairoa – Saturday and Sunday (call 06 838 8333).

Report from RNZ
There have been 144 new community cases of Covid-19 reported today, and one further death. The Health Ministry said 82 people are in hospital, including nine in intensive care. Today’s new cases include 127 in Auckland, two in Northland, nine in Waikato, four in the Bay of Plenty, one in Christchurch, and the one in Hawke’s Bay.

Yesterday, 145 community cases of Covid-19 were reported and the death of a person in their 80s.