Hawke's Bay COVID-19 response 21 October

One of the confirmed COVID-19 Waikato cases reported by the Ministry of Health today undertook permitted travel to Hawke’s Bay last Friday, 15 October.

They were not a confirmed case during their travel and they are now back in the Waikato, isolating at home. However, it has been determined that they were likely infectious while they were visiting Hawke’s Bay

Upon this person returning a positive COVID-19 result back in Waikato, two close contacts were identified in Hawke’s Bay and rapidly tested.  Results of these close contacts returned negative (day 6 test from date of contact).  They are not displaying any symptoms but will remain in isolation for the full 14 days with a further test at day 12.

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Nick Jones said he would like to thank the close contacts identified in Hawke’s Bay for following public health advice and doing the right thing.

Dr Jones said investigations continue and people should keep an eye on the Ministry of Health’s Locations of Interest page, which will be updated if any locations in Hawke’s Bay are identified. The DHB would also actively share any new information to ensure the public were well informed.

“It is reassuring negative results have been returned at the six day mark which is good news.”

“However, today’s news is a timely reminder for Hawke’s Bay residents to continue to follow Level 2 COVID-19 advice when out and about – wear a face mask, sign in to locations using your COVID-19 tracer app or personal record, and maintain good social distancing. If you are unwell with any symptoms, get tested.

“If you are not yet vaccinated, it remains your best protection against COVID-19 and I strongly urge people unvaccinated to get protected and get it done.”

Vaccinations are regularly available across Hawke’s Bay and people can book a time via bookmyvaccine.nz.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include cold or flu-like illness with one or more of the following: a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath. A runny nose or loss of smell.  With the Delta variant symptoms such as diarrhoea, headache and muscle ache may be more common.

Testing Numbers

People can ring one of the numbers below to immediately book a test, or ring their doctor.

  • Napier: 06 650 4000
  • Hastings: 06 281 2644.
  • Wairoa: 06 838 8333
  • Central Hawke’s Bay residents should call their doctor or Healthline: 0800 358 5453.

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