Covid-19: Napier resident tests positive

Public health officials are investigating how a Napier resident got Covid-19.

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They returned a positive test result today, but it is not yet known if it is the highly transferable Omicron variant.

Hawke’s Bay physician Nick Jones said the patient was self-isolating at home and that all known close contacts have been identified and tested.

“Investigations continue to find out how the positive case has got Covid-19, with any angle being followed up.”

Any places of interest will be published on the website of the Ministry of Health.

Ninety percent of the region’s eligible population has received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Dr. Jones said it was crucial that anyone with cold or flu symptoms, no matter how mild, be tested for Covid-19 even if they were vaccinated.

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

“Drive-in test centers and booked appointments are available throughout the holiday period with good capacity.”

Drive-in test on December 31:

  • Pukemokimoki Marae, 191 Riverbend Road, Napier. 10.00 – 15.00
  • Splash Planet, Hastings. 10.00 – 13.00
  • Central Hawke’s Bay Health Center, 1 Cook Street, Waipukurau. 9-16

Drive-in test January 1:

  • The Doctors, Napier, 30 Munroe Street – between 10.00 and 11.00 (note: more drive-in clinics will be opened if there is demand on 1 January)

More test clinics until 7 January 2022 can be found on DHB’s facebook page or website.


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