A new case of Covid-19 in Taranaki, the list of places of interest is growing


The fluctuating number of Covid-19 cases in Taranaki continued on Monday, with just one new case reported by health authorities.

The case is linked to those in New Plymouth and brings the total number of active cases in the region to 31. None of these theses is hospitalized.

The number of daily cases peaked at 15 last week when the Eltham School cluster was announced, with authorities signaling the region to expect those numbers to rise.

However, the numbers have remained in single digits since, with Sunday’s seven being the second highest, despite one of them being a person living in Auckland who had an official address in Taranaki.

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Residents of Taranaki who have symptoms, even if they are mild, are advised to get tested. Local test sites can be found at Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) website.

Meanwhile, the list of places of interest in the area continues to skyrocket, with several in Bell Block and The Valley Mega Center shopping mall in Waiwhakaiho.

On Monday, the valley was noticeably quieter than it had been in recent days and buyers were scrutinizing almost all, which the TDHB urged people to do in the wake of the Covid outbreak in Eltham last week .

There was no shortage of parks at the Valley Mega Center on Monday.  Several shops in the mall are located at the places of interest.

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There was no shortage of parks at the Valley Mega Center on Monday. Several shops in the mall are located at the places of interest.

There was a similar sweep rate in New Plymouth’s central business district, where the wearing of the mask was more visible on the streets and not just in retail stores.

Anyone who visited places of interest and was scanned along with an infectious person would have received a notification from the Department of Health through the tracking app.

TDHB’s Covid-19 Response Director General Gillian Campbell said anyone receiving an orange notification would be considered close contact.

Taranaki’s medical officer of health, Dr Jonathan Jarman, confirmed that many close contacts had been identified across the region and had been asked to self-isolate at their home.

“Close contacts are people who live, work or have had close and prolonged contact with an infectious person,” he said. “Close contacts should stay home and self-isolate until it is certain they do not have Covid-19.”

Dominoes in Fitzroy, Christmas Village and Yarrows Bakery in Manaia were other places of interest in the area announced on Monday.

On Monday, a pop-up testing clinic was set up in Bell Block and around 30 cars were lining up when it opened around noon.

Meanwhile, the Pasifika community of Taranaki has achieved 90% complete vaccines among its eligible population.

The senior manager of the Taranaki Covid-19 vaccination program, Bevan Clayton-Smith, said they now have the best protection against the virus.

Further milestones are expected to be reached in the coming weeks, with the entire region now accounting for 88% of the fully vaccinated eligible population.

At the current vaccination rate, the region will reach 90% of them fully vaccinated by January 1.

Maori only need 711 people to be vaccinated to reach the 90% first dose threshold.

“With the Omicron strain now in the country and the predicted increase in the number of cases in the community, it remains crucial that everyone eligible for vaccination does so,” Clayton-Smith said.

“This includes receiving a reminder when you are able to, to make sure your protection is as high as possible.”

Getting vaccinated means you’re less likely to catch the virus, less likely to pass it on, and much less likely to suffer more than the mildest symptoms, he added.

“Everyone who gets vaccinated is doing their part to slow this virus and protect vulnerable members of our community who cannot be vaccinated. “

Last places of interest in Taranaki

Yarrows Manaia Bakery, Thursday December 16, 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Domino’s Fitzroy, Monday December 13, 2:10 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

The Christmas Village New Plymouth, Tuesday, December 14, 5:24 p.m. – 5:34 p.m.

Subway bell block, Tuesday December 14, 5:34 p.m. – 5:44 p.m.

Cafeteria Te Wananga o Aotearoa New Plymouth, Saturday December 11 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Pak’nSave New Plymouth, Monday December 13, 1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Briscoes New Plymouth, Wednesday December 15, 4:57 p.m. – 5:12 p.m., Tuesday December 14, 4:52 p.m. – 5:08 p.m.

Chemist warehouse, The Valley, Waiwhakaiho, Saturday 11 December 17:34 – 17:45, Sunday 12 December, 12:56 – 13:11,

Rebel Sport New Plymouth, La Vallée, Saturday 11 December 17:29 – 17:39

Look Sharp Store, La Vallée, Saturday 11 December 10:10-10h20

SuperValue Bell Block, Monday December 13, 2:10 p.m. – 2:20 p.m., Saturday December 11, 6:31 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.

Anime New Plymouth, Sunday December 12, 11:17 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Parkland Takeout, Bloc Bell, Saturday, December 11, 6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

The warehouse bell block, Monday December 13, 3:32 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Countdown, the valley, Saturday December 11 4:04 p.m. – 4:14 p.m.

THINGS

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Medsafe has approved Covid-19 Pfizer booster injections for adults.

Timeline of Taranaki cases in 2021

November 11th: Six people – three adults and three children – from Stratford have tested positive for Covid-19, including one in hospital. They have a link with the Auckland epidemic.

November 25: The Stratford cases have all recovered.

December 2: Three cases of Covid are announced in New Plymouth. They are all linked to a case in Rotorua.

December 3: Two more cases are announced in New Plymouth, bringing the total to five – two adults and two children. The cases come from three related households and have the Rotorua link.

December 6: Four cases are leaving the area, leaving one remaining case in New Plymouth.

December 7: Another case is announced in New Plymouth. This is a family contact of the existing New Plymouth case. One is an adult and the other is a child. There are two cases in the region.

December 10: A case is announced in Waitara. The case, a child, is linked to two cases in New Plymouth. There are three cases in the region.

December 11: A case is announced to Eltham. The case is a school-age child. There are four cases in the region.

December 15: 15 other cases are announced in Eltham, 14 children of the school and an adult. The cases in the region total 19.

December 16: A case linked to Eltham is announced by the Department of Health at 1 p.m. Three more cases, two related to Eltham and one unrelated to New Plymouth, are announced by the TDHB at 6 p.m. The ministry is moving to a midnight to midnight case reporting schedule, instead of the old 9 to 9 a.m. The cases in the region total 23.

December 17: The three cases announced by the TDHB on December 16 are included in the cases announced in the 1 p.m. press release from the Ministry of Health.

December 18: A new case linked to the Eltham cluster is announced. Active cases in the region now total 24.

December 19: Seven new cases are announced. Four are linked to Eltham, two are linked to the latest New Plymouth case and one will be transferred to Auckland numbers while they work there. Of Taranaki’s six cases, three are school-aged children and three are adults. Active cases in the region now total 30.

December 20: A new case linked to those in New Plymouth has been announced. Active cases in the region now total 31.

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