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Whanganui’s new covid case, now isolating, is a visitor to the city

Report from LDR / Local Democracy Reporting
The Whanganui District Health Board says the region’s first Covid-19 case since April last year is a visitor to Whanganui. No information has been released about when the person arrived in Whanganui but the Ministry of Health says the person showed symptoms on Thursday, was tested on Friday and a positive result was returned on Saturday.

The DHB says the case is being monitored closely by health professionals and is well. The person is self isolating at a managed SIQ facility under the supervision and care of a local Covid-19 community care team.

There have been no further confirmed positive cases, and no further locations of interest have been identified. The two locations identified are the Kai Iwi beach public toilets between Tuesday and Thursday last week, and the Polson St Foodmarket in Castlecliff on Friday.

The DHB says the confirmed case has been compliant with Public Health and had used the QR code scanner, which has helped with tracking locations of interest and close contacts. All close contacts have been followed up and tested if needed, and are isolating while they wait for results.

Contact tracing is being managed by Public Health.

About 155 people were tested at the Whanganui Hospital testing station over the weekend and the DHB says there has been “a good uptake” at vaccination centres.

It would not release the location of its SIQ facilities, which provide supervised isolation, citing privacy and security. The DHB says a range of different facilities are available in Whanganui, and each SIQ facility has been established to meet the needs of those who require it.

News from Ministry of Health – December 5
A second covid case has been found in Whanganui. Public health staff are continuing to investigate but it appears the case recently travelled out of the city and is likely to have links to previously reported cases outside the region.

The person became symptomatic on Thursday and was tested on Friday before receiving their result yesterday. Since the test, the person has been isolating in a dedicated community facility.

As investigations continue, a number of locations of interest have today been identified. Two have been published and more are expected this afternoon on the Ministry’s webpage.

Whanganui DHB’s testing site on hospital grounds is open for an extended period today, until 3pm. You do not need an appointment. For all the up to date testing and vaccination sites, please visit the Healthpoint website.

Report from RNZ – December 4
The Whanganui District Health Board has confirmed its first case of Covid-19 in the current Delta outbreak. The DHB said the person was well and self-isolating in a supervised isolation quarantine facility.

The person had recently travelled out of the region, had been compliant with all Covid-19 tracing requirements and is co-operating with health officials.

Public Health are starting contact tracing and gauge the risk as low.

In a statement, Whanganui DHB acting chief executive Graham Dyer said they were working to minimise the risk to the community.

“The best thing you can do for yourself and your whānau right now is if you’re not vaccinated to get in and get it done, maintain handwashing, social distancing and mask wearing.”

Any locations of interest will be published on the Ministry of Health’s website.

If you are concerned or have any symptoms, ring Healthline 0800 611 116 to check if you need to be tested. Covid-19 testing will be running extended hours, 8am to 3pm at Whanganui Hospital.

Vaccinations will be available at 24 clinics throughout the DHB region over the next five days, including Whanganui, Raetihi, Waiouru, Taihape, Marton and Bulls.

Today, the Ministry of Health reported 98 new community cases of Covid-19, with cases in Auckland, Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Nelson Tasman and Canterbury.

1 comment:

  1. Mary, 6. December 2021, 17:20

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