Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

Ministry of Health staff are drawing up a list of locations of interest in Taranaki after two people who visited the region over Waitangi weekend later came down with Covid-19.
Back Beach, Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and Pukekura Park are among the places the pair, who are members of the same family, went to between February 6 and 8.
The family – a mother, father and daughter from south Auckland were the three new cases announced on Sunday.
Two of the family members who have not been identified had visited New Plymouth for a holiday, Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said during his Sunday media briefing in Wellington.
Bloomfield said officials were unsure whether they were infectious during this period, but were acting with caution.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and health chief Dr Ashley Bloomfield give an update on the three new community cases.
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Bloomfield said their visit took place potentially around the same time the cases may have been developing symptoms, but [they] would have been unaware of this”.
Two of the positive cases travelled to New Plymouth for a short holiday where they visited a number of tourist attractions.”
He said people in “New Plymouth and Taranaki do not need to get tested unless they have symptoms.
The Ministry of Health said the pair visited Sumela Kebab in Breakwater Rd, the Amber Court Motel in Leach St, Egmont National Park, Cycle Inn on Devon St, Puke Ariki Library and Museum, and Pizza Hut on the corner of Grover and Leach streets.
A staff member at the Amber Court Motel said the Taranaki District Health Board contacted them on Sunday afternoon.
The room had already been deep-cleaned, which was standard practice at the motel whenever a guest checked out, said the staff member, who gave her name as Raewyn.
The two staff members who had come into contact with the room would be taking covid tests on Monday, she added.
New Plymouth Pizza Hut branch owner Ashwani Kumar said he was contacted by the ministry at 5.30pm.
He said two staff members were working at the time the family visited and it was the ministys advice that they be sent home and get covid tested, which they were following.
They’re all good. They dont have any symptoms. That’s a good sign.
Despite the branch being cleaned three times a day, after learning they were a location of interest they had given it an additional clean, he said.
New Plymouth mayor Neil Holdom said the case was a reminder for people to use the covid tracing app.
Only one in four people use the tracing app,” he said. Were not even at half-time.
People have got to realise it’s our best line of defence.
In a statement issued at 5pm on Sunday, Taranaki District Health Board incident controller Becky Jenkins said they knew people in Taranaki would be concerned.
We want to reassure the public that Taranaki DHBs Incident Management Team is working with the MoH to ensure were doing everything possible to keep our community safe.
Anyone who showed symptoms was asked to stay home and isolate and call Healthline to arrange a test.
The ministry said the mother and daughter were tested initially when they felt symptomatic.
They have now returned positive tests with relatively low CT values, which indicates they are new and active infections.
Afterwards, the father was tested and his result came through on Sunday morning.
Todays three cases have one other household contact in their family unit. This person is also being tested and we await their results.
The household has been placed in isolation and all four were being moved on Sunday to an Auckland quarantine facility.
The daughter is a student at Papatoetoe High School which will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.
There are now 47 active covid cases in New Zealand, and the total number of confirmed cases is 1,974.