The latest Covid-19 cases have rocked the Coromandel Peninsula, where hundreds of swabs are being tested along with sewage to see if the new coronavirus is in the community.
The Devonport man who first tested positive for Covid-19 visited the area with his wife over the weekend.
They visited nine places of interest, including three trips to the Umu cafe in Coromandel town.
Co-owner Josie Fraser said that while they were shocked to have been visited by a Covid-19 case, they were doing their best for staff and customers.
“Well, they obviously like us, which is a really good thing in a lot of ways, kind of unfortunate that they were sick,” Fraser said.
“They were a lovely couple that the staff interacted with and had conversations with.”
Coromandel-Colville Ward Councilman John Morrisey said it was a different sentiment for the community to have a case on their doorstep.
“It’s a small community, so everyone knows everyone and the places that have been affected; there is usually a connection to them.”
Despite the risk of the virus being in the rohe, it appeared that some visitors were still eager to take a chance, prompting a path to be established in Manaia, south of Coromandel.
Local resident Dawn Richards said the community worked hard to make sure no further pressure was put on local services.
“It was just to protect our own, to stop the flow of traffic that we all know is coming from Auckland, or the whole place for that matter. We only have kaumatua, families, who are all worried and we have enough to worry about, so it is not necessary that more people come and settle down. “
Police confirmed today that they had handed over at least 200 people to the Manaia checkpoint.
Meanwhile, Coromandel’s own mayor, Sandra Goudie, was criticized today for not doing enough to keep the region safe after admitting to Checkpoint yesterday that her Covid-19 scan was unpredictable, and she relied on her credit card to track where. I was. condition.
The comments drew widespread criticism and his colleague, Gary Gotlieb, said he embarrassed his colleagues.
“As a councilor, I was quite surprised to hear those comments. It is not leadership that we need in this situation that we have and I have had so many people contact me about this, as a councilor, and I am quite ashamed that he made those comments.”
Goudie said today that she was too relaxed about her own indulgence with the scan, but there was no question that she would use it now.
While there was a large turnout for the tests today, people were warned that it would take some time.
The iwi-based healthcare provider Te Korowai Hauora or Hauraki has been testing in the community and Executive Director Riana Manuel told Nine to Noon that there were more than 100 people waiting to get tested before noon. .
“We are encouraging people not to come all at once … we are going to be here for a few days, so we don’t want people to come together at the same time,” Manuel said.
In addition to the Covid-19 swabs, sewage tests are also being carried out throughout the peninsula with the first results expected by the end of the week.
The Waikato District Board of Health has confirmed that the Coromandel-Thames area has the highest vaccination rates in the region.
The DHB said that more than 12,224 vaccines have been administered in the area, and that 38.7 percent of the population received at least their first dose.
In the Hauraki district, 6,331 doses have been administered, and 29.5 percent of the population received their first dose.
Vaccines were stopped across the country today during the transition to alert level 4, but will resume tomorrow.