On this page:
- Current Alert Level
- COVID-19 testing centres in Hawke's Bay
- Current visiting policy
- Updated advice on wearing masks
- Steps for clean hands
- Advice for schools
If people have cold or flu symptoms you need to stay home and get yourself tested for COVID-19. Testing centres are operating in Napier, Hastings, Wairoa and Central Hawke’s Bay. The highest priority is to test people who are symptomatic and/or have been in contact with a confirmed or probable case.
The symptoms include: a cough, a high temperature of at least 38°C, shortness of breath, sore throat, sneezing and runny nose and temporary loss of smell.
People can ring one of the numbers below to immediately book a test, or ring their doctor.
Napier: 06 650 4000 open 9am-5pm Mon-Sun.
Hastings: 06 281 2644 open 8am-8pm Mon-Sun.
Wairoa: 06 838 8333 open 8.30am-5pm Mon-Fri.
Central Hawke’s Bay residents need to be referred from their doctor or Healthline: 0800 358 5453.
The number of visitors allowed has returned to normal except for in the:
- emergency department (ED)
- intensive care unit (ICU)
- Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)
where a maximum of two support people are allowed.
Visitors are encouraged to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing by ‘checking in’ using the COVID-19 app QR code at entrances, washing their hands and following staff instructions on mask usage.
If visitors have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, do not visit — stay home and call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested.
Masks can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when worn by people where there are cases of community transmission.
We should all be prepared to wear masks where needed. You should have enough masks for everyone who usually lives in your household.
- Wet your hands under clean running water. Use warm water if available.
- Put soap on your hands and wash for 20 seconds. Liquid soap is best.
- Rub hands together until the soap makes bubbles.
- Rub on both sides of both hands...
- and in between fingers and thumbs ...
- and round and round both hands.
- Rinse all the soap off under clean running water. Use warm water if available.
- Dry your hands all over for 20 seconds. Using a paper towel is best (or, if at home, a clean dry towel).
For current advice for schools, please see this Ministry of Education webpage.