Saturday, November 27

Covid-19: Four Confirmed Positive Cases in Northland

In Northland, two more cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the community, both of children under the age of 12 and related to the two cases reported yesterday.

Vaccination center sign

Photo: RNZ // Angus Dreaver

Two new cases were reported in the region after they tested positive in Kaikohe yesterday and are isolated near the city.

In a statement today, Northland DHB said that two other cases are children under the age of 12.

“The four cases are related to each other.

“Support has been provided to the whanau, who have worked in cooperation with the Public Health team to identify places of interest.”

The new cases are not related to the two previous cases they visited from Auckland.

Northland DHB Incident Controller Sarah Hoyle said having active cases in the region is an important reminder for everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated against Covid-19 as soon as possible.

“It’s also important that anyone who has been to a place of interest, or has cold or flu symptoms, gets tested.”

Te Hau Ora or Ngāpuhi’s director of operations, Tia Ashby, said the best thing people can do is get vaccinated.

He said his organization is working to get people vaccinated as soon as possible and it could be devastating if the virus has spread in the community.

“As you know these cases that they have been in, you know where they have traveled in the most vulnerable communities, for example Kaitāia, Kaikohe, we have a high percentage of Maori who are not vaccinated.”

Only 60 percent of the people in Kaikohe have received one dose of Pfizer and 41 percent have received two.

By noon on Saturday, the Health Ministry had added several attractions in Northland.

People who had been in these locations at specified times were asked to monitor themselves for Covid-19 symptoms for 14 days after exposure. Anyone who develops symptoms should be tested and stay home until they receive a negative result and up to 24 hours after symptoms disappear.

  • Hunting and Fishing in Kaitāia at 11 North Park Drive Kaitāia on October 20 between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. M.
  • Four Square Opononi, 29 Hokianga Harbor Drive in Kaikohe on October 21 from 3.30 to 3.45 p.m.
  • Countdown Kaikohe at 37 Station Road on October 19, Kaikohe between 4:15 PM and 5:30 PM.
  • Mobile Kaikohe at 19 Broadway, Kaikohe on October 19 from 5:15 PM to 5:45 PM.
  • GAS Kaihu at 2906 State Highway 12, Dargaville on October 17 from 4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Te Tai Tokerau Directors Association says it has been hearing widespread concern that the Covid-19 vaccine mandates will oust irreplaceable staff.

Its president, Pat Newman, said six Northland schools have informed the association about problems with colleagues who doubt vaccines, but suspect the true scale of the problem is much larger.

She has also found questions about vaccinations among the staff at her own school, Hora Hora Primary in Whangārei.

Newman said it is quite difficult to get qualified and culturally competent teachers in Northland, and he does not know how schools will cope when the new rules requiring the Covid-19 vaccine go into effect.

“I don’t think the Ministry of Health has any idea how schools work, particularly in isolated communities, and I don’t think they really want to.”

Under the mandate, education workers must receive their first dose by November 15.

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