A person in the Bay of Plenty has tested positive for Covid-19 as health officials are discussing opening additional vaccine clinics in the area.
The person lived in Pukekohe, Auckland, and was in the process of moving to a rural area north of Katikati.
The Ministry of Health believes the risk is low as the person was vaccinated, had been tested regularly and was a user of the Covid-19 tracking app.
They had been allowed to cross the border in and out of Auckland as they were in the process of changing houses, the health ministry said. They had had regular monitoring tests as part of this approval.
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The person was tested at least five times since the beginning of September, the most recent previous test was on October 5th.
All five of these tests were negative.
The latest test result had a high CT value, usually seen in the early or late stage of infection, and is under further investigation, including a repeat test, the ministry said.
The person had not reported any symptoms other than common seasonal hay fever and runny nose.
Places of interest will be added to the Ministry of Health website as soon as they are confirmed. Preliminary information identified sites of interest in Katikati and Pukekohe.
All family members have been contacted, tests arranged and isolated at the moment, and their results are expected on Sunday.
Test centers will be open Sunday in Katikati.
Vaccine clinics will be announced Sunday morning
Western Bay Mayor of Plenty Garry Webber is urging residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
“When it knocks on your door like this, you have no choice but to prevent it.”
Based on suburban data, Katikati’s vaccination is below the national average for both the first and second doses, with 77.5 percent in the coastal city having received one dose and 49.5 percent fully vaccinated.
Katikati has a vaccine clinic — at the local RSA, just off State Highway 2, which is currently open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Residents have also been able to arrange to get a vaccine through the city’s only medical center.
Outside of that, they have to travel to clinics in Tauranga – about 45 minutes away by car.
Officials are working to stand up for additional tests, vaccination sites
A spokesman for the Bay of Plenty District Health Board said: “We are working on Katikati vaccination sites, which include access to RSA, where our usual clinic is located. We will provide an update in the morning. ”
It also worked with the ministry to raise additional test sites, DHB said in a statement.
The current public health assessment was the risk apparently contained as the person is fully vaccinated and has been consistent using the Covid-19 tracking app, the statement said.
However, if you have covid-19 symptoms, including mild colds or flu symptoms, get tested or contact Healthline for advice. Healthline is available free of charge on 0800 358 5453. ”
No points of interest have been released, but DHB urged people living in Katikati, or who have visited recently, to continue checking the ministry’s website.
Webber is fully vaccinated and urged residents to follow suit.
“The only way we can beat this is to get as close to 100 percent vaccinations as possible.”
His reaction to the news of the case, the first for the Bay of Plenty city, was “not printable”.
“I think I’m depressed, disappointed with the city.”
Webber said he would understand if the region were to join Waikato, Auckland and Northland at alert level three.
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Rochelle Thomson, a nurse living north of Katikati, was assured the case was vaccinated and used the tracking app.
She hoped the news would underscore the importance of vaccination.
“When you’re far away in these small isolated towns, you think it’s separate from you, but it’s a bit of a wake-up call.”
Thomson says there has been good use of masks in the city: “I think people have accepted it as the new normal”.
Thomson administers Covid-19 vaccines at the Waihi Health Center to the center’s patients.
She urges people to find a place near them where they can be vaccinated to protect the community, but urged people to be kind.
“Be kind to vaccinators and your local doctors because there is a really high demand and we do our best to cover the need.”
James Denyer, parish councilor for Katikati and Waihi Beach, felt the matter was only a matter of time.
“I think it was pretty inevitable, whether it happened now or in a few weeks.”
He was partially vaccinated and encouraged others to “keep it up” and get their jab.
The test sites open on Sunday
Katikati Medical Center, 4 Clive Road, 8.30-16.30
Katikati Rugby and Sports Clubrooms, Fairview Rd, Katikati 8.30-16.30 (hours extended if there is high demand)
Tauranga Accident and HealthCare, 19 Second Avenue, 8.00-18.00
The vaccine clinics open on Sunday
Tauranga Central Covid Vaccination Center, 87 First Avenue, Tauranga, 08.00-15.00, walk-in
Baypark Stadium, Truman Lane, Mount Maunganui, at 10-19, walk-in, wheelchair accessible