Taranaki records seven new COVID-19 cases

19 December 2021

Today the Ministry of Health is reporting seven new COVID-19 cases in Taranaki.

Four of these are linked to the Eltham cluster, two are linked to the New Plymouth case and one will be transferred to Auckland’s numbers as they live there for work purposes but have a permanent Taranaki address.

Of the six local cases, two are adults and four are school-aged children.

Taranaki DHB’s COVID-19 Response general manager, Gillian Campbell says the increase in case numbers is an important reminder for the community to remain vigilant.

“We ask people to remember all the health protocols they’ve learnt since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak; wear a face covering, especially if you can’t social distance, scan everywhere you go, continue to sanitise or wash your hands, stay home if you’re unwell, and most importantly get tested if you have any symptoms.

“We are really grateful for people in the community with symptoms who have done the right thing and come forward for testing.

“Modelling carried out by the Public Health Unit shows that the size of outbreaks is related to how quickly infectious people are identified and go into isolation.”

Testing and vaccination continue to be steady across the region with testing being offered here today:

  • Taranaki Base Hospital testing centre, 9am – 3pm
  • Hawera Hospital testing centre, 10am – 2pm

For locations of interest visit COVID-19: Contact tracing locations of interest | Ministry of Health NZ
For more testing information visit TDHB - COVID-19 testing
For more vaccination information visit TDHB - COVID-19 vaccine

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