At a glance
- Total number of people with COVID-19 isolating in te Tairāwhiti: 2
- Of the above total, number isolating in supported isolation quarantine: 2
- Number of COVID-19 tests processed from the region and returned between Friday 24 December and Monday 27 December: 132
- Results: 132 negative results
As of today [Tuesday 28 December] a person normally domiciled in Gisborne but diagnosed with COVID-19 in Tauranga, remains in Tauranga Hospital.
Testing for COVID-19 is a formidable weapon against spread of the virus in this region, says Hauora Tairāwhiti acting chief executive Carl McDonald.
“Thank you to those who were identified as a contact of a positive case who have gone on to get tested. The efforts you have taken over the past few days, including Christmas and Boxing Day, have played a vital role in our regional effort to stamp out COVID-19.”
Mr McDonald says health workers want to continue to cast a wide net around the region so “if anyone out there is experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 you should get a test”.
“Even those with mild symptoms or who feel just slightly under the weather…take the test.”
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, new or worsening cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing and runny nose, temporary loss of smell or altered sense of taste.
Anyone can get tested for COVID-19 Monday to Friday, 9am-12 noon at:
- Drive-through clinic, 110 Peel St, Gisborne
- Tawhiti Clinic, Te Puia Springs Hospital, 4 McKenzie St, Te Puia Springs.
Alternatively, you can contact your own general practice and they will give you advice on what to do next.