Nelson Marlborough Public Health

Public health advice for people returning home after flood evacuations

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service has issued advice for people affected by flooding and severe weather on 16 and 17 July. 

This includes how to ensure your drinking water is safe, how to prevent the spread of disease, sewerage disposal, food safety, feeding babies during an emergency and how to cope with stress and anxiety. 

Boil water notices: As at 8am, Friday 23 July there are boil water notices in place for Wairau Valley and Awatere (rural water customers). Boil water notices for Brightwater, Hope, Eighty Eight Valley, Tapawera and Pōhara Valley have been lifted.


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RSV and other viruses: Please do not visit patients in hospital if you are unwell

Nelson Marlborough, like other regions in New Zealand, is experiencing an increase in respiratory illness amongst pre-school aged children and infants.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is one of the causes of illness that has been identified. RSV is a common virus that affects all age groups but is especially severe for infants less than one year old, for older people and people who are immunocompromised. It is very infectious and can easily pass from person to person through coughing and sneezing. 

To help protect our vulnerable patients, and also our staff, from catching RSV we:

  • have closed maternity wards, children's wards and special care baby units to visitors (excluding a child's immediate caregiver)
  • ask people not to visit patients in any ward in our hospitals if they have cold or flu symptoms
  • ask people with outpatient appointments to phone before their appointment if they are unwell, for advice about what to do
  • ask people who have to be in our hospitals to take precautions if they are unwell: ask for a face mask during your visit, sanitise your hands, wash your hands thoroughly before entering the hospital and try to avoid touching too many things.

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Supporting the transition from hospital to home for those affected by stroke

Returning to life at home after a stroke can be a challenging and daunting experience for everyone involved. The H2H seminars help stroke survivors and their families make the transition.


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Food safety warning: Cook raw mussels before eating

New Zealand Food Safety is warning consumers to thoroughly cook mussels before eating following two people reportedly becoming sick from Vibrio parahaemolyticus in the Nelson-Tasman region. 

People with low immunity, pregnant, or elderly should avoid eating raw or undercooked shellfish as the illness can be more severe.


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Why water is the ultimate sports drink

As the official health partner with the Tasman Mako, Nelson Marlborough Health wishes all players and coaches a great rugby season. To help you stay top of your game, for all sports, Mako players and local tamariki have made a fun little video about why water is the ultimate sports drink.

With JAB and age-grade rugby season starting in two weeks, make your team a water-only team. Ditch the sugary drinks and fill your own water bottle from the tap. Add some ice or a slice of lemon if you like, and fuel your body like the pros.


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All COVID-19 cases recovered in the Nelson Marlborough region

Nelson Marlborough residents can celebrate their contribution towards preventing sustained community transmission of COVID-19 in the region, with the last active case discharged from isolation on 21 May.

Nelson Marlborough Health Director of Public Health Dr Stephen Bridgman says that without the co-operation of people in our region this achievement would not have been possible.

The last close contacts (of confirmed cases) being monitored by the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service were discharged from isolation on 16 May by Dr Bridgman, followed by the last recovered case the next week in Marlborough.


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Close contacts of new case test negative

While the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service continues to investigate the source of the new Nelson case confirmed on 29 April, the test results for the close contacts (including supermarket co-workers) of the new case are negative.


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Shellfish biotoxin alert: Croisilles Harbour, Marlborough Sounds

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today issued a public health warning advising the public not to collect or consume shellfish harvested in Croisilles Harbour in the Marlborough Sounds.

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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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