Hawke’s Bay DHB urges people to keep checking locations of interest

Hawke’s Bay DHB has no new COVID-19 cases to report today but is urging people to keep checking locations of interest reported on the Ministry’s website.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said locations of interest were being added daily as public health officials continued their investigations, so it was important people kept up-to-date.

“People need to be vigilant and check both local locations as well as places where they’ve been holidaying over the last couple of weeks.”

Local health officials are currently managing 13 active cases and their close contacts in Hawke’s Bay.

Dr Eyre said all current cases were either confirmed as Delta or linked to known Delta cases.

“As a precaution, Hawke’s Bay DHB’s public health officials will treat all future cases not linked to the known clusters as the Omicron variant.

“It’s only a matter of time before Omicron is circulating in our community – if not already – so we need to be fully prepared.”

Dr Eyre reminded people with cold and flu-like symptoms, no matter how mild and even if they were vaccinated, to get tested.

Drive-in testing centres and booked appointments are available and include:

Today (Monday)

  • CHB Health Centre drive through 9am - 4pm

Tuesday 25 January:

  • Totara Health drive through 10am - 1pm
  • Whitmore Park Napier drive through 10am - 1pm
  • CHB Health Centre drive through 9am - 4pm

To book a test:

  • Hastings Health Centre, call 06 281 2644 between 8.30am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday to book an appointment.
  • The Doctors Napier, call 0800 837 819 between 9am - 5pm daily to book an appointment.
  • Takapau Health Centre, call 06 855 8376 between 11:30am -12pm Monday - Wednesday and Friday to book an appointment.
  • Queen Street Practice Wairoa, for booked appointments call 06 838 8333 daily.

Dr Eyre said vaccination was the best protection against COVID-19 and people eligible for their booster vaccination should get this done for an added layer of protection.

“People vaccinated against COVID-19 are far less likely to need hospital care if they get the virus.”

At this stage, the DHB’s visitor policy remains unchanged while the country is at red under the traffic light system. The DHB will revise its mask policy on advice from the Ministry of Health expected in the next few days.


For more information contact:

Hawke’s Bay DHB Media Team


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