Covid-19: Places of interest for the Delta epidemic for Sunday, October 10
Six sites in the town of Katikati in the Bay of Plenty were added to the Covid-19 sites of interest on Sunday.
The potential exposure sites were revealed after a person who moved from Pukekohe from Auckland to a rural area near Katikati tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Department of Health said the risk to public health was low given the person is fully vaccinated, avidly uses the Covid-19 tracer app, and self-isolates alongside family members.
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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited Ruatoria on Saturday as part of a regional tour to promote the government’s vaccination program against Covid-19.
So far, there is no indication that the region will join Waikato, Northland and Auckland at Alert Level 3.
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Katikati places of interest are the Good Life Opportunity Shop, Hammer Hardware, Waipuna Hospice Shop, Katikati Antiques and Interiors, and Mural Town Traders, all of which have hours on Thursday, October 7.
The Bottle-O Katikati is also a place of interest for Friday, October 8.
People who were at these locations at the specified times are required to stay home, immediately pass a Covid-19 test, as well as a five-day test on Tuesday.
They should continue to stay at home until they test negative on the fifth day.
Other places of interest unveiled by the health ministry on Sunday included Z station in Ngatea, which was visited on Friday morning.
People who have visited this place will also need to stay home until they test negative on the fifth day.
In Auckland, the Seoul Trading House Dairy in Grafton was a hotspot for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings this week.
Raglan’s Harbor View Hotel is also a new location, for Sunday October 3.
People who were in either of these two locations are required to monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19 for the next 14 days.
No new places of interest in Northland were added on Sunday morning, after an HIV-positive woman traveled extensively in the area from October 2-6.
She is believed to have traveled to Whangārei, Kamo, Paihia, and Kawakawa, but current places of interest in Northland have focused on Whangārei.
They include the Department of Conservation’s Uretiti Campground in Waipū, Pepe’s Dairy and Comfort Hotel Flames in Onerahi, Z Kensington, and BP Connect Wylies Woodhill.
Vaccine and testing centers set up in Katikati
A vaccination clinic in the Katikati RSA and the Citizens Club at the corner of Henry and Main Roads will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. No, the reservation is not compulsory.
The test sites in Katikati will be open from 8:30 a.m. on Sunday to 4:30 p.m. These include the Katikati Medical Center and an additional site in the halls of the Katikati Rugby Club. If necessary, the Katikati Rugby Clubrooms site will extend the opening hours. The tests are free.
A test station is also open at Tauranga Accident and HealthCare, 19 Second Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber said on Saturday that the town and surrounding area needed to go into “preventive mode.”
“If in doubt, go for a test and definitely get yourself vaccinated.”
Based on suburban-level data, Katikati’s immunization rates are just below the national average for the first and second dose: 77.5% received a dose and 49.5% are fully immunized.
Webber suggested that access to immunizations may remain an issue for some residents.
“We are a rural district and we have very disadvantaged areas where some of these people do not have vehicles,” he said.
“And there is no bus service to our remote villages.”
News of the case had left him with concerns for residents of the district, especially the most vulnerable residents.
But a counselor admitted it was only a matter of time before a case hit the city of State Highway 2, which is a hub for kiwi and avocado orchards.
“I think it was pretty inevitable whether it happened now or in a few weeks,” said James Denyer, Katikati-Waihi advisor.
He added that residents were following the alert level rules, but “you see the intruder without a mask.”
The person has returned five negative test results since early September, with the most recent being October 5.
The positive test result, which was obtained on Friday, had a high CT value, usually seen in the early or late stage of infection, and is the subject of further investigation, including repeat testing, said the Ministry of Health.
They had not reported any symptoms other than a regular seasonal hay fever and a runny nose that had not changed recently.
If you were at a place of interest at any of the times specified, you will likely need to self-isolate and get tested. Follow the directions for this location on the Department of Health website and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on testing.
This list is automatically updated as soon as places of interest appear on the Department of Health website.