A single case of Covid 19 has been detected in the Ruapehu Region.

Mayor Don Cameron said that Taumarunui is well prepared for its first positive case of COVID-19 that was confirmed by Waikato DHB.

For the last little while the Waikato DHB, Kokiri Trust, the Te Taumarutanga iwi collective comprising Ngāti Hāua, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, and Ngāti Maniapoto, the pharmacy together with other NGO’s, government agencies and Council have been preparing for this moment.

“People should have every confidence that local health providers and iwi are well prepared to support the health and community response as needed including caring for people with COVID-19 at home,” he said.

“It was only a matter of time before COVID-19 reached Ruapehu with the virus having been in neighbouring regions for a while and a lot of preparation has gone into getting ready” – Mayor Don Cameron

Anyone displaying cold or any flu-like symptoms should immediately isolate at home and arrange to get tested even if they are vaccinated.

or people in Taumarunui a testing site is in place at the Miriama Club, Taumarunui (entry from Katarina Street) operating from 9am to 3.30pm on Thursday

For people outside Taumarunui, they can call Healthline on 0800 358 5453, or see their doctor, nurse or iwi health provider.

If there are any locations of interest these will be advised by Health authorities shortly. If people have been using the COVID-19 tracer app they will be advised directly if they are a close contact.

Council said that the confirmation of Taumarunui’s first case highlights the importance of being disciplined about using the COVID-19 tracer app or keeping a note of your movements, along with mask-wearing, regular hand washing and social distancing.”

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