Covid-19: Napier has two cases, investigations into origin are underway

Two new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Napier.  (File photo)

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Two new cases of Covid-19 have been identified in Napier. (File photo)

Another Covid-19 case in Napier has been identified in relation to a case announced Thursday night, with new places of interest identified.

A Napier case was announced by Hawke’s Bay District Health Board via a statement late Thursday, where the case was officially confirmed by the Department of Health in Friday’s 13.00 release.

Another case, a close contact with the first, was also identified. However, it was announced after the reporting cut and will be included in Saturday’s figures.

There are ongoing investigations of links to previous cases.

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All known close contacts of the cases have been identified and are now being isolated and tested for the virus while these investigations continue.

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An Omicron case that was out in the community is not related to three other Covid-19 cases staying in MIQ at the same time, says Chris Hipkins.

New places of interest erected on Friday included several shops in the Taradale suburb, which were visited over a week ago on the afternoon of December 24th.

This included New Century Bakery Taradale (274 Gloucester St) between 1pm and 2pm, and Paper Plus Taradale (285 Gloucester St) between 2.30pm and 4pm and Bin Inn Taradale (278 Gloucester St) between 2.00pm and 3.30pm.

Those who visited these sites at the reported times are asked to self-monitor for Covid-19 symptoms for 10 days after the date of exposure. If symptoms develop, take a test and stay home until you test negative.

The positive cases come when the region reached the milestone with 90 percent of the eligible population being fully vaccinated.

More than 130,000 people in Hawke’s Bay have been vaccinated against Covid-19, a “proud team effort” said Hawke’s Bay DHB Covid-19 vaccination senior responsible officer Chris Mckenna.

“People can enjoy the New Year with their friends and know that they are better protected and our society is in a better position, now we are 90 percent fully vaccinated.”

She added that attendance had been fantastic, but it would not have been possible without the large dedicated workforce from both clinical and non-clinical staff in the vaccine clinics.

“The Mahi is not stopping just yet, as we are working hard to also reach a 90 percent fully vaccinated Maori population, which is a personal DHB goal, as well as to roll out boosters and vaccinations for the age group 5 to 11 early next year. . “

She urged anyone not yet vaccinated, due to their second dose or booster vaccine, to get it done as soon as possible, adding that the new cases were a reminder to stay on guard.

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