There are two new Covid-19 cases in Tairāwhiti/Gisborne, including a child aged between 5 and 12 years.
The child is the offspring of the couple who previously tested positive on Christmas Eve, and have been self-isolating since then.
He was already tested once for the virus, but subsequently developed a runny nose and was tested again on Monday – joining his parents in quarantine this afternoon.
Hauora Tairāwhiti acting chief executive Carl McDonald said the three family members would receive support while in isolation.
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“[Our] staff offer compassion and wraparound support for families that find themselves in this situation,” McDonald said. “I don’t think there is anyone in this region whose heart doesn’t go out to the family affected as they manage Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and now summer days spent in isolation.”
The other new case is a man from Pāpāmoa, who arrived in Gisborne on December 23 to spend time with family. He started feeling unwell on Boxing Day, before being tested on Monday, and returning a positive result today.
The man and his three family members have since returned to Pāpāmoa to isolate.
Local health staff were helping to investigate and contact trace. Family and close contacts had been asked to get tested and are now being supported to isolate. As of this afternoon, there were no locations of interest.
Anyone could get tested from Monday to Friday, 9am-12 noon at the drive-through clinic at 110 Peel St, Gisborne, and Tawhiti Clinic, Te Puia Springs Hospital at 4 McKenzie St, Te Puia Springs.