(this page was last updated at 7:30pm, 23 October 2021)
COVID-19 CASE DETECTED IN WAIRAU
Kia ora e te whānau
The Ministry of Health has confirmed a person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Blenheim. Read the Ministry of Health’s announcement here.
The positive case flew from Rotorua into Blenheim on Thursday. They sought a test once they’d arrived in Blenheim after developing a sore throat.
Our ask to whānau is simple:
- GET TESTED: if you have cold, flu or COVID-19 symptoms, call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453 to discuss getting a test. To find your nearest testing station, visit https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/nelson-marlborough/blenheim/
- GET VACCINATED: Everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand aged 12 years and over can book their free COVID-19 vaccination now. Visit the Ministry of Health website to book your vaccine, or to find a walk-in centre near you: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-how-book-your-vaccination
- CHECK IN WITH WHĀNAU: give your whānau, kaumātua and friends a call to check on their well-being. COVID-19 in our community is unsettling: it’s important that we make sure our whānau are okay.
Kia kaha whānau — stay safe, follow the guidance of health officials and let’s unite against COVID-19.
Testing is available at:
- Blenheim CBAC: Horton Park, off Redwood St – Open 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
- Nelson CBAC: Saxton Field parking area, Suffolk Rd, Stoke – Open 10am to 6pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
For more testing centre locations, visit https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19/nelson-marlborough/blenheim/
Guidance from the Ministry of Health
It is important to note that the Ministry of Health has advised that the current public health assessment is that the risk appears low given the individual’s likely late stage of infection. So far, initial case interviews have identified a small number of close contacts, who have been contacted and are currently isolating with tests arranged. Interviews are also being undertaken to determine any locations of interest. People living in the Blenheim township are asked to monitor the Ministry of Health’s locations of interest page, which is regularly updated.
Locations of Interest
The Ministry of Health has this evening published initial locations of interest, following the confirmed case of COVID-19 in Blenheim reported earlier today.
Locations of interest released include:
- Mitre 10 MEGA Blenheim
- Shosha Blenheim
- KiwiCamp Riverlands
- Wairau Pharmacy, Blenheim
- Rotorua Regional Airport
- Flight NZ8725 from Wellington to Blenheim
- Countdown Blenheim
- Flight NZ8231 from Rotorua to Wellington
- Wellington Domestic Airport
- Couplands Bakery Blenheim
- New World Blenheim
For a full list of locations of interest, and for more information, visit https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/contact-tracing-covid-19/covid-19-contact-tracing-locations-interest