Positive COVID-19 case in Hastings

A positive COVID-19 result has been returned for a Hastings resident.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said the case was safely isolating with appropriate health and welfare supports in place.

“Public health officials are continuing investigations and are in the process of informing close contacts to isolate and be tested. Investigations are underway to identify the source.”

“As standard procedure, any locations of interest, where contacts cannot be contacted directly, will be added to the Ministry of Health’s webpage if and when they are confirmed.”

This case will be officially included within the Ministry of Health’s tally tomorrow, 16 January.

Dr Eyre said it was crucial anyone with cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild, got tested for COVID-19, even if they were vaccinated.

“People with symptoms need to get tested so we can avoid any potential community spread.”

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

Sunday 16 January

  • Splash Planet Hastings, drive-in 12pm-3pm.
  • The Doctors Napier. By appointment, 9am to 5pm. Please call 0800 837 819.
  • Queen Street Wairoa. By appointment, 3pm onwards. Please call 06 838 8333.
  • CHB Health Centre, drive-in, 11am to 1:30pm.

Dr Eyre said vaccination was the best protection against COVID-19. Additionally, 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.”

For a full list of vaccination clinics www.ourhealthhb.nz or www.bookmyvaccine.nz



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