Nelson Marlborough Health News and Notices

COVID-19 cases confirmed in Nelson Tasman

The Ministry of Health has confirmed nine new cases in the Nelson Tasman region. All of the cases live in the same household. Testing is yet to determine the variant and genomic link.

Eight of these cases were notified after the Ministry’s reporting deadline, and will be added to the official tally tomorrow.

Public health officials are investigating recent travel to Auckland as the possible source of their infections. Case interviews are underway and locations of interest will be added to the Ministry’s webpage where contacts at exposure events cannot be identified.

Dr Alexandra Greig, Nelson Marlborough Medical Officer of Health said, “We would like to thank the cases for their prompt action in coming forward for testing. This has allowed for a swift public health response.”

“It is a timely reminder for anyone with symptoms, no matter how mild, to get tested.”

Everyone in New Zealand aged 5 years and over is eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination. Those over 18 who are fully vaccinated can also book their free booster.

“Scientific evidence shows that vaccination has a huge effect in reducing the chance that somebody infected with COVID-19 will have a severe illness and reduces the risk of transmission in the community.”

Location of interest

Nelson Tasman residents and visitors are asked to monitor Ministry of Health’s locations of interest page, and follow the instructions given on that page if you’ve been at a location of interest: COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest | Ministry of Health NZ

Marlborough residents and visitors should monitor this page also if they have travelled to the Nelson Tasman region in the past 14 days.

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

COVID-19 testing locations

1. Walk-in, no appointments needed

Nelson CBAC: Saxton Field parking area (near Oaklands Milk), Suffolk Rd, Stoke

  • Daily (Monday-Sunday) 9am-6pm

Motueka CBAC: Motueka Recreation Centre, Old Wharf Road, Motueka

  • Today (Friday 21 January) from 11am-5pm
  • Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 from 9am-4pm
  • Monday 24 January 9am-5pm

CBAC hours will be kept up to date on the Healthpoint website: Nelson Marlborough COVID-19 CBACs | HealthPoint

2. By appointment at medical centres (GP) please phone ahead first

All locations and hours available on the Healthpoint website. Find an option closest to you: COVID-19 Testing | Nelson Marlborough | HealthPoint

Vaccination advice

People living in Marlborough, Nelson, and Tasman are reminded to get vaccinated if they have not already. Everyone aged 5 years and over is eligible for free COVID-19 vaccination. Booster doses are also now available to anyone aged 18+ who had their second dose 4 month ago.

Vaccination clinic locations across the region are listed on Healthpoint here: COVID-19 Vaccination | Nelson Marlborough | Healthpoint

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