Archive: 26/01/2022

Two new cases in Nelson Tasman

Case update

  • New cases – 2*
  • Active cases – 15 (14 confirmed, 1 probable)

Case investigations are underway for a further two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nelson Tasman. The cases are being treated as suspected Omicron with investigations looking to understand possible links to other cases and exposure events. There are now a total of 15 active cases (14 confirmed and 1 probable) in the region, across three households.

Dr Stephen Bridgman, Medical Officer of Health said: “We are very grateful to the household for coming forward for testing. It is never easy finding out you are a positive case. People are concerned not only for their own health but worry about any exposure to their families and communities.

"The recent announcement on mask wearing will mean people are better able to protect themselves and reduce the risk of infection to others. We know that Omicron is an airborne virus and that we can be infectious before we develop symptoms. Make sure your mask is designed to cover the nose and mouth to ensure the greatest protection.”

Dr Bridgman explains that where cases are isolating is not as important as where cases have been while infectious.

“Widespread testing of people with symptoms across Nelson Marlborough is needed in order to determine if there is undetected transmission in the community. 

"So far we are have seen a good response for testing from the community. An additional 432 tests yesterday brings the total of tests to 1,722 since Friday when the cases were announced. We would like to see these numbers continue across the week as new locations of interest are identified.”

*Due to data reporting cut-off times, the number of cases reported by Nelson Marlborough Health may differ to what the Ministry of Health has reported.

Testing and vaccination

  • 432 tests across Nelson Marlborough on Tuesday.
  • 2957 total vaccinations across Nelson Marlborough with 2260 adult and 533 paediatric doses on Tuesday.

Lexie O’Shea, Chief Executive, Nelson Marlborough Health said: “Nelson Marlborough has now reached 90% partially vaccinated and 85% fully vaccinated for Māori.

"Meeting this milestone has been a collective effort, with the vaccination programme including Iwi and Marae, Te Piki Oranga, Primary Health Organisations, Pharmacies, general practices, and more. We would like to thank our partners for helping us to ensure our community is as protected and prepared as possible.

"With Omicron cases in our community we would encourage all those who are eligible to make an appointment or visit a walk in clinic as soon as possible.”

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