Covid 19 Delta eruption: A case discovered in Napier

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A new case of Covid-19 has been discovered in Napier, it has been revealed tonight.

The person isolated himself at home with appropriate health and welfare support in place, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board has confirmed.

The Napier resident returned a positive test result today.

All known close contacts have been identified, isolated and tested for the virus.

Public health officials are continuing the investigation, while it is still unclear how the person became infected.

“Investigations continue to see how the positive case got Covid-19, with any angle being followed up,” said health worker Dr. Nick Jones.

“All places of interest are also being investigated and will as a standard procedure be added to the Ministry of Health website if and when they are confirmed by public health.”

Anyone with a cold or flu-like symptom is encouraged to be tested, even if they are vaccinated and the symptoms are mild.

“Detecting the virus to prevent it from spreading in the community is in everyone’s interest and the right thing to do, even if you have very mild symptoms,” Jones said.

He also urged all unvaccinated people to get the icing on the cake as soon as possible, and for double-vaccinated individuals who are now eligible to get their booster shots, to do so.

“Getting vaccinated is your best protection against Covid-19 vaccinated people who are far less likely to require hospital treatment if they get the virus.”

Drive-in test centers and booked appointments are available throughout the holiday period, he said.

This is the second case Hawke’s Bay City has had in recent months.

In mid-November, a man got a Covid-19 test and left Auckland the same day so he could move to Napier.

The next day, he visited the Big Barrel Liquor Store on Carlyle St and Paper Plus on Hastings St, both in central Napier.

The Ministry of Health said several days later on November 17 that he was informed of a positive result. Healthline, however, thought he was still in Auckland.

A family member was the one who told local DHB three days later Saturday that there was a Covid-19 case in Hawke’s Bay, six days after the man arrived in town.

Covid

This afternoon’s case in Napier is in addition to 60 new societal cases announced by the Ministry of Health at.

New cases appeared overnight in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Tairāwhiti and Canterbury.

Six new Omicron cases were discovered at the border, bringing the total to 76.

Test sites

Friday, December 31st

Pukemokimoki Marae, 191 Riverbend Rd, Napier. 10-15.

Splash Planet, Hastings. 10.00-13.00.

Central Hawke’s Bay Health Center, 1 Cook St, Waipukurau. 9-16.

By appointment

The Doctors, Napier, 30 Munroe St – 10.00-16.00 0800 TEST19 (837819).

Hastings Health Center, 303 St Aubyn St West – 10.00-15.00 ring 06 281 2644.

Queen St Practice, Wairoa. By appointment only call 06 838 8333 at 15.00 and onwards.

Saturday, January 1st

The Doctors, Napier, 30 Munroe St – kl. 10-11
Several drive-in clinics will open if there is demand on Saturday the 1st.

By appointment:

The Doctors Napier, 30 Munroe St. Call only by appointment on 0800 TEST19 (837819) at 10-16.

Hastings Health Center, 303 St Aubyn Street West. Call 06 281 2644 for an appointment.

Queen St Practice, Wairoa. By appointment only call 06 838 8333 at 15.00 and onwards.
More test clinics until 7 January can be found on DHB’s facebook page or website, www.ourhealthhb.nz.

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