News and Notices

One new COVID-19 case confirmed in Nelson Tasman

The Ministry of Health has confirmed one new COVID-19 case in the Nelson Tasman region, bringing the total number of cases to 23. 

  • eight of the cases have recovered
  • 15 cases are active
  • all known close contacts of the cases are in quarantine
  • the majority of cases are not fully vaccinated

Medical Officer of Health Dr Stephen Bridgman says that the cases fall into two clusters; there are 19 in one and 4 in the other. 

  • a likely source for the larger cluster is still being investigated
  • for the smaller cluster there is both epidemiological and whole genomic sequencing data suggesting a possible source to a cluster in the North Island

Locations of interest

Anyone who lives in, or who has visited the Nelson Tasman region since 19 November, is asked to check the locations of interest and follow the instructions given. There is a list on this page and also a map for quick-reference: COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest | Ministry of Health NZ

When and where to get tested

We ask anyone with symptoms – no matter how mild – to please get tested, even if they are vaccinated. Read about symptoms to be alert to on the Ministry of Health website: About COVID-19 symptoms and spread | Ministry of Health NZ

Community Based Assessment Centre (CBAC)

To find locations and hours for a free COVID-19 test, go to the Healthpoint website: COVID-19 Testing Nelson Marlborough.

CBACs are not for members of the public who wish to book a COVID-19 test for travel purposes. If you need a COVID-19 test for travel purposes, you need to book this through your GP. From mid-December until the end of January, free rapid antigen testing is available at some pharmacies for unvaccinated domestic travellers.

If you have been tested for COVID-19 because you are symptomatic, please go straight home and do not go to school, work or other public places until you have had a negative test result. You will be notified when the result is available, usually between 2–5 days.