Saturday, December 4

‘Quite ashamed’ of Coromandel Mayor’s Comments – Councilor

There has been considerable backtracking on the Mayor of Coromandel saying that she had not been scanning while using the Covid-19 tracking app.

A person using the Covid Tracer app, QR code scanning

A person using the Covid Tracer app, QR code scanning
Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Sandra Goudie said Control I didn’t normally scan last night when visiting places.

She added that the Covid-19 community case will “probably” not push her to scan more either.

“It’s very unpredictable for me,” he said, saying that he felt like his credit card was already tracking his locations.

Talking to Morning report Today, Goudie clarified her comments, noting that she didn’t say she never scanned, but rather that she had become complacent about it, like many people.

“I think a lot of people have become complacent. It’s a matter of crouching down again … and doing all those things. Wearing the mask, keeping the distance of 2 meters, tracking contact, all those things.”

Gary Gotlieb, a councilman for the South East Ward of the Thames-Coromandel district, told RNZ he strongly disapproved of the comments.

“As a councilor, I was quite surprised to hear those comments,” he said.

“It is not leadership that we need in this type of situation that we have. I have had so many people contact me about this as a councilor, and I am quite embarrassed that he made those comments.”

Gotlieb said he planned to bring the matter before the council.

When asked about the effect his comments about not scanning frequently would have, Goudie said he hoped everyone was now following the precautions more strictly than they had been.

“We will all observe our own behaviors and take responsibility for them and do the right thing.”

Te Korowai Hauora or Hauraki, is a non-profit rural health provider based in Iwi in Hauraki rohe, and this morning has established several swab centers in Coromandel.

The center in Coromandel town opened at 9 a.m. and had about a hundred cars lined up in the Thames-Coromandel district parking lot just after it opened.

Riana Manuel is executive director of Te Korowai, said Nine at noon there was a lot of misinformation online, but their message is clear and simple.

“There is a lot of misinformation, the first thing we need people to know is that the locations of interest are there (, you can go and take a look at them. Our message is very clear if you have been to a place. of interest, if you have symptoms, we want to see you and have you swabbed as soon as possible.

“Until we get the results from those swabs, we just want people to isolate themselves at home until they get a result,” he said.

Manuel’s team has sampled over 100 people this morning and is encouraging people not to rush in at once, as the center will be open all day for the next few days at least.

She said that everyone at the test center has been good and has followed the government covid-19 guidelines.

“They are helping us just by being patient and staying in their cars, not going out for a big social session and then going home.”

With the launch of the covid-19 vaccine scheduled to begin tomorrow, Manuel said that they had been doing around 150-200 vaccinations per day in Coromandel Town and that he hopes to increase the vaccination rate in the area, particularly in the Maori population.

“We are small areas so it is a significant number per day … we want more of our Maori whanau to come in and get vaccinated and of course we want to lower those age limits so that we can have as many people as possible through .

“We are certainly going to advocate for the entire population of Coromandel Township to be vaccinated as soon as possible,” he said.

Manuel encourages people to think front-line workers and follow all covid-19 guidelines so their work doesn’t have to be more difficult than it needs to be.

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