Positive Case of COVID-19 confirmed in Whanganui

A positive community case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in our rohe by the Whanganui District Health Board.

Confirmation of this case was received by Public Health who advised the Whanganui DHB, and from there all COVID-19 protocols have been actioned.

The COVID positive case is well and self-isolating in one of the prepared Supervised Isolation Quarantine (SIQ) facilities under the supervision of the SIQ Team and the medical officer. Public Health are currently undertaking a health assessment and starting the contact tracing process, they currently see the risk as low.

This person has recently travelled out of the region, has been compliant with all COVID-19 tracing requirements and is cooperating with Public Health.

Whanganui DHB Acting CE Graham Dyer wants to assure the Whanganui rohe that this event has been well prepared for and we are all working hard to minimise the risk to the community. “The best thing you can do for yourself and your whānau right now is if your not vaccinated to get in and get it done, maintain handwashing, social distancing and mask wearing. Check the locations of interest and if your concerned at all or have any symptoms and ring Healthline 0800 611 116 to check if you need to be tested”.

The CBAC will be running extended hours 8am to 3pm on Hospital grounds for those who require testing (this will be amended if required). You will be triaged at the CBAC and tested if required. Staff want to remind people to be patient and be kind. If you're unsure if you need a test please ring Healthline on 0800 611 116 or your healthcare provider first.

Vaccination is still our best defence with COVID-19. If you haven’t had your vaccination there are clinics running over the next week. You can find a vaccination clinic list for the Whanganui rohe on our website:

Any locations of interest will be added to the Ministry of Health website as due process is followed.

We can not stress enough, we have planned and prepared for this. We are ready and set up to be working through the situation. There is no need for panic. It’s time to reach out to your whanau and friends, check in with your support networks and remember the basic things you can do to protect your whanau and yourself.

We will be providing regular updates as more information is confirmed.

* Article originally published by the Whanganui DHB.