Testing results have confirmed Tairāwhiti has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
Hauora Tairāwhiti’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr Osman Mansoor said the confirmed case is a male in his 50s who has returned from overseas travel.
“It is not a case of community transmission.”
The man flew in from America and has been in self-isolation since returning to New Zealand. He was swabbed at city swabbing clinic earlier this week.
Everyone he has been in contact with since his return will now be followed up. Because he has been in isolation this is a low number.
The man is in quarantine at home and is recovering well.
His excellent compliance with the requirements to self-isolate and prompt contact with his GP were exemplary.
Dr Mansoor says a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Tairawhiti was always going to happen.
“Now this has occurred it has shown our preparation for managing the virus has worked. This groundwork, along with what everyone in the community is doing right now to break the chain, will help confine the virus.
Dr Mansoor says with continued vigilance we can stamp the virus out and save lives if we follow these simple rules:
1. Stay home.
2. If you have to leave your home for an authorized purpose, stand at least two metres away from anyone else.
3. Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.
4. If you are sick and you have any of these symptoms: a fever, cough, shortness of breath or a runny nose THEN call your GP, before you visit. If you do not have a GP call Healthline (for free) on 0800 358 5453.
For more information go to https://covid19.govt.nz(external link)
Updated case information is available here: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-cases(external link)