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Two new cases of covid in Wellington – 11 close contacts test negative

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Since two cases of covid in Wellington were confirmed yesterday, 11 close contacts have all been tested. All the initial results are negative.

Also no other cases have been linked to the drum and bass festival in Tauranga’s Wharepai Domain on 3 January. As a result, the Ministry of Health has reassessed the risk from the festival. All those who attended the festival are now being asked only to monitor for symptoms and to get tested only if symptoms develop, no matter how mild. Any festival attendee without symptoms no longer needs to get tested and to isolate at home.

The reassessment follows a review of the risk, particularly given the festival was held in accordance with the rules for outdoor events under the COVID Protection Framework including the use of vaccine passes for entry.

RNZ reports that epidemiologist Michael Baker earlier said he was surprised the Health Ministry had taken such a strong reaction to the two positive cases at the festival – “potentially several thousand people being instructed to stay at home and quarantine themselves and get tested.”

Prior to the release of the Health Ministry’s statement this afternoon, Baker had said he hoped the ministry would provide more information about the risk. He said the event was held outdoors and required vaccination passports, which would have lowered the risk.

News from Ministry of Health – January 8
Two new cases of Covid-19 in Wellington have been confirmed today. The two cases are linked to recent travel to the Bay of Plenty and there are a number of locations of interest in Wellington.

One of the new Wellington cases is possibly linked to a Drum & Bass festival on 3 January at Mount Maunganui. Anyone who was in Tauranga for the festival is advised to get tested as soon as possible and isolate at home until they receive a negative result. The case is judged not likely to have been infectious while at the Festival, but we are asking attendees to be tested out of an abundance of caution, due to the large number of people in attendance. The festival was held in accordance with the rules for outdoor events under the Covid Protection Framework including the use of vaccine passes for entry.

One of today’s Wellington cases was staying in a large household in the Bay of Plenty, and testing of their close contacts is being coordinated today.

Wellington locations of interest:

Aro Valley Mini Mart, Aro Street
Thursday 1.20 – 1.25

The Warehouse, Tory Street
Wednesday 7.26 – 7.46pm

Cosmic Vape and Coffee, Cuba Street
Wednesday 12.59 – 1.01pm

Bargain Chemist, 73 Manners Street
Thursday 12.55 – 12.57pm

Unichem Cuba Mall, 122 Cuba Street
Thursday 1.03 – 1.05pm

Countdown Newtown, John Street
Tuesday 2.08 – 2.23pm
Wednesday 6.54 – 7.09pm

If you were in any of these places at the specified times, you must self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.

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The BP Connect in Otaki has today been added to the Ministry of Health’s “places of interest.” Anyone who was at the service station around half past four on Friday afternoon should self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms.

McDonalds in Bulls has also been added to the list – a covid case was there on Thursday between 2.30 and 3pm.

Burger Fuel Fairy Springs in Rotorua has also been added to the list. (Between 7.15pm and 7.45pm on Thursday evening).

There was no Ministry of Health update on covid cases today. But yesterday the Ministry reported 35 new cases of Covid-19 in the community and 24 cases in managed isolation. Those new cases were in Auckland (18), Waikato (1), Bay of Plenty (13), Rotorua (2) and Taupō (1).

A case reported yesterday of a Rotorua based MIQ worker who tested positive on Wednesday has now been confirmed to have the Delta variant and is thought to be more likely to have acquired their infection in the community. The Ministry again encourages anyone who lives in, or has visited, the Lakes district, particularly in Rotorua, with symptoms – no matter how mild – to book in a test, even if you’re vaccinated and to please stay at home until you return a negative test result. The Ministry is also asking anyone in the region who is yet to be vaccinated to please make a booking now.

1 comment:

  1. Felix Geiringer, 9. January 2022, 9:11

    I am confused about the guidance: “Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days after you were exposed. If symptoms develop, get a test and stay at home until you get a negative test result.” Isn’t this what we are all supposed to do all of the time? [via twitter]

     

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