News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Hawke’s Bay Locals Urged To Stay Vigilant As COVID Cases Rise

With more COVID-19 cases reported in Wellington and Auckland today, Hawke’s Bay health officials are urging people feeling unwell to get tested and to regularly check the locations of interest log on the Ministry of Health website.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Nicholas Jones says local testing centres had capacity to manage demand and anyone feeling unwell, including parents or caregivers of unwell children, should call a centre to get tested.

“We all play a crucial role in keeping ourselves and our communities safe. If you are feeling unwell, contact a testing centre to get tested. If you have been to a location of interest, you must call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for details on what to do next. This is important so you are logged into the contact follow-up system and can be provided ongoing advice and assistance.

“In Level 4 please stay home in your bubble. If leaving the home for essential supplies or services, it is mandatory to wear a mask and sign in using the COVID tracer app, or via manual sign-in.

“If you are a close contact you can arrange to get tested but otherwise you must stay at home and get someone else to do your shopping for you. If you need to get tested, go straight to and from the testing centre and don’t drop into the supermarket on the way.”

Dr Jones said within the past seven days 3,717 Hawke’s Bay people had been tested for COVID-19 with all returning negative results.

“Our testing centres across the region are doing a phenomenal job and the DHB’s laboratory has been keeping up with this demand returning results to centres, on average, within 25 hours over the past seven days,” he said.

“Although lab turnaround has been quick, with testing centres so busy it may take longer for some people to receive their result via text. However, if anyone returned a positive result, these would be followed up immediately.”

Symptoms of COVID-19 include cold or flu-like illness with one or more of the following: a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath. A runny nose or loss of smell.

People can call one of the numbers below to immediately book a test, or phone their doctor.

Dr Jones said there were lots of opportunities for vaccinations across the region. Go to bookmyvaccine.nz to register or book a vaccine.

Pharmacies and General Practitioners are open. Call your GP first, do not turn up. If you need to be seen in person an appointment will be safely arranged.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland