Nelson Marlborough Public Health

First COVID-19 cases confirmed for the Nelson Marlborough region

As announced by the Director-General of the Ministry of Health on 21 March two people in the Nelson Marlborough region have tested positive for COVID-19.

These are the first two positive cases of COVID-19 in the Nelson Marlborough district. The cases are both travel-related and not indicative of a local community outbreak.


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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information update

This news update focuses on the Coronavirus situation in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region. For information about the number of confirmed cases in New Zealand, the national situation and general information about Coronavirus, please refer to: www.health.govt.nz/coronavirus

There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Nelson Marlborough region. Information about the Nelson Marlborough Heal th emergency response, and a library of downloadable resources is available on the NMH website here.

Important public health advice

People who have symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath should stay at home and seek medical advice from Healthline. People should also call Healthline if they have come into contact with someone who has, or who may have, Coronavirus. They should stay at home and phone for advice, especially before going to a GP clinic, pharmacy or hospital department. 

Healthline: Free phone 0800 358 5453 

People seeking general information about Coronavirus (eg travel, events and self-isolation) should refer to the Ministry of Health's website: www.health.govt.nz/coronavirus


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Pēpi comes first for Naomi, smoke-free and loving it

A young woman’s strength to quit smoking for the sake of her unborn baby has been celebrated with a special gift and acknowledgment.

Naomi Te Kiri is counting days the days until her daughter is born, focussing on her mahi (work) and staying fit and positive. This has been made easier thanks to Naomi’s outstanding effort to quit smoking, with the guidance of her quit coach Sonia Hepi-Treanor.


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Retailer sold cigarettes to minor in Golden Bay

A tobacco retailer in the Golden Bay area has sold cigarettes to a 17-year-old volunteer in a tobacco controlled purchase operation which was undertaken by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (PHS) last week.


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Legionnaires’ disease on the rise

Gardeners are being warned to protect themselves against Legionnaire’s disease after three cases in just eight days were confirmed in the Tasman region, and after an associated death in Dunedin last month.

Four cases in total have been confirmed in 2019. There have been 53 cases in the region since 2010.


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Emergency Mobile Alert testing: Sunday 24 November

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is doing a nationwide test of the Emergency Mobile Alert system on Sunday 24 November 2019, between 6 - 7 pm. 


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Shellfish biotoxin alert: Port Underwood

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has issued a shellfish biotoxin alert for Port Underwood on the east coast of the Marlborough Sounds.

People are advised not to collect or eat shellfish from this area. This includes mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina and all other bivalve shellfish.

Cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin, which can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.


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Measles outbreak reaches Marlborough

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service has confirmed a case of measles that is connected to the current Auckland outbreak.

Until this point, the Nelson Marlborough region was one of only four DHB region to hold on to its measles-free status during the current outbreak. The last case of measles in Marlborough was in November 2018 and the last case in Nelson in April 2018.

 


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Retailer sold cigarettes to minor in Marlborough

A tobacco retailer in the Marlborough area was caught selling cigarettes to a 16-year-old volunteer in a tobacco controlled purchase operation which was undertaken by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service (PHS) this week. 

19 retailers in the Marlborough region were visited by the volunteer on Wednesday with the volunteer attempting to buy cigarettes from retail premises under the supervision of PHS employees.


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A new era for local rugby: Kicking sugar to touch

In a first for NZ rugby, Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) has sponsored Tasman Rugby Union (TRU) teams, replacing the TRU’s former agreement with Coca Cola/Powerade, to become the union’s official health and wellbeing partner.


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