Norovirus Update

Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation (AT&R) Ward has been given the all clear to reopen following a Norovirus outbreak.

The ward was put into precautionary lockdown on 17 May following several patients and staff coming down with the virus. Strict infection, prevention and control measures have been in place with no new cases reported since Thursday, 19 May.

The ward was this morning undergoing a deep terminal clean before reopening to patients and visitors this afternoon.

Meanwhile, no further notifications of gastro outbreaks within the community have been reported to Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s public health unit.

Last week six childcare centres as well as one school had reported a vomiting and diarrhoea bug circulating.

People are reminded to follow good hand hygiene and stay home if sick and without diarrhoea for 48 hours. Cleaning household items was also very important to prevent bugs spreading.

Anyone at home with vomiting and diarrhoea need to stay hydrated. If symptoms don’t improve, call your family doctor or Healthline on 0800-611-116 for medical advice.

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