Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie is “cautiously optimistic” that there is no community broadcast in the region, but says it is still too early to tell.
Coromandel was abuzz with sights when the country was locked down last week after a man who tested positive for Covid-19 traveled to the area.
But there have been no positive cases after hundreds of tests there.
Mayor Goudie said Morning report It is too early to tell if they are out of the woods, but she said she is proud of how her community has responded to the outbreak.
“It’s still the first days, you know we still have the tests of day 5 and day 12, so we are cautiously optimistic.
“I’ll tell you, the Coromandel folks their response has really knocked him out of the park in terms of testing, crouching down and doing all the right things,” he said.
Deputy Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said Coromandel “is not out of the woods” yet despite the lack of positive cases.
“We want to see anyone with symptoms in Coromandel or anyone in those places of interest in the future and get tested as directed by contact trackers.”
Verrall said she is “surprised” to see that no cases have been identified in Coromandel, but cautioned that there may be people at places of interest who remain unknown to contact trackers.
Sewage testing at Coromandel has not shown any evidence of Covid-19 in the community, which is a promising sign.
However, these tests cannot be relied on as conclusive evidence in the Coromandel area, as many residents are connected to independent water and waste networks, Goudie said.
“I would not trust him because there would be at least 20 percent of people who are not in a reticulated system, so we have quite a high number of people who do not use reticulated water systems and we also have a large number of people who do not. they use sewage. ” reticulated systems “.
“We wouldn’t trust the wastewater testing to be a conclusive result, it would be the wastewater testing along with all the swab results we’ve been looking for,” Goudie said.
After receiving criticism for his stance on QR code scanning last week, Goudie is now supporting the government’s decision to make it mandatory for companies to keep a log of the people they scan.
“Absolutely, I think it’s important and it’s no difficulty. I think a lot of people like me became complacent, we have to do that (scan) and it makes the job (contact tracing) a lot easier.”
Goudie said that realistically Coromandel residents should expect to be locked up until the end of the week at least, but that he expects a drop in the alert level after that date to ease pressure on local businesses.
“From there, I would love for us to go back to level 2 as soon as possible just for the good of the companies, they can’t do it again, I don’t think so, we’re going to lose too many already.”
Goudie said the wage subsidy won’t help businesses in the area, as many are run by owner-operators whose cash reserves have already been depleted by the end of last year.